Set in a small Hungarian farming village in 1943, THE REVOLT OF JOB stars Ferenc Zenthe and Hedi Temessy as Job and Roza, an elderly Jewish couple who have outlived all their children. Wishing for an heir, the couple schemes with an adoption center to gain custody of a seven-year-old
Christian boy, Lacko (Gabor Feher), by trading two calves for him. Lacko is at first rebellious and cannot be reached by his loving "parents," choosing instead to play with a dog he has befriended, but eventually he warms to Job and Roza. All the while, the advance of Hitler's troops threatens Job
and Roza's safety, and the couple prepares for the worst, arranging for a Gentile family to take care of their bewildered, now-loving adopted son while teaching him all they can about their own endangered culture. Wisely concentrating its examination of religious and historical themes in a simple,
small story, THE REVOLT OF JOB is a moving and intelligent film. As told from the boy's point of view, the film is dependent on Feher's performance as Lacko, and, thankfully, he is superb in his debut role. The script and direction by Imre Gyongyossy and Barna Kabay are fine, but it is the young
star--selected from more than 4,000 hopefuls by the filmmakers--who remains the picture's brightest point. The movie received a Best Foreign-language Film Oscar nomination.
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- Released: 1983
- Rating: NR
- Review: Set in a small Hungarian farming village in 1943, THE REVOLT OF JOB stars Ferenc Zenthe and Hedi Temessy as Job and Roza, an elderly Jewish couple who have outlived all their children. Wishing for an heir, the couple schemes with an adoption center to gain… (more)