Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Hungarian The Fifth Seal is a study in depersonalization. The story takes place in the twilight of World War II: the five protagonists are buddies who try to have as much fun as possible without treading on anyone's toes. One of the five, however, makes an offhand remark which proves insulting to a military functionary. The boys are arrested, and forced to perform a series of tasks to test their loyalty. In the process, the friends struggle to stay in touch with their own inbred ideals and sense of individualism, with varying degrees of success.
atrocity, friendship, POW/MIA, war