Directed by Dénes Nagy
Hungary, Latvia, France, Germany // Hungarian with English subtitles // RT 103 mins
In cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema 12th of November
Deep into the Second World War and in the heart of Hungary, whose government has chosen to align itself with the Axis Powers, a small unit of soldiers hunt down any partisan opposition. Amongst them is Corporal István Semetka (Ferenc Szabó). Fatigued, having had no leave for eight months, he is only just holding on to the last vestige of humanity that the brutality and horror of war has all but destroyed. They are loathed by the villagers they encounter and in some cases for good reason; Semetka is ruthless but he is not cruel. Following the death of his commander, Semetka takes charge, but as opposition to the pro-Nazi forces grows, sterner measures are required and it becomes clear that he has no stomach for the orders that arrive.