The Revolt of Job (1983)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Hungary  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Originally titled Job Lazadasa, the German-Hungarian The Revolt of Job is set in Nazi-occupied Eastern Hungary in 1943. Like his Biblical namesake, the elderly Job (Ferenc Zenthe) has had his strength and patience sorely tested. None of the children borne by Job's wife Roza (Hedi Temesay) have survived to adulthood. In a last-ditch effort to preserve his name, Job unofficially adopts a 7-year-old boy (Gabor Fehrer). It takes a while for the boy and his new "parents" to get used to each other, but eventually a strong, solid bond is formed. But while the bond cannot be broken spiritually, it can be severed physically: Job and his wife are Jewish, thus it is only a matter of time before the Nazis cart them off to death camps. Just before bidding farewell to his foster son, Job advises the boy to keep his faith alive by searching for the true Messiah. Director Imre Gyongyossy deftly tells his tale from a child's-eye point of view--even when dealing in the frankest of sexual matters.



adoption, Jewish, Nazi, occupation [military], struggle