Stripped of his political identity, Szegedi reluctantly tries to find a new one in his Jewish heritage. His father's 'pure' Hungarian side always occupied a large part of his sense of himself, to the point that he never considered his mother's. Blair and Martin capture Szegedi reevaluating and ruing instances from his childhood, like the look of silent despair that washed over his mother's face when a young Szegedi told her a Holocaust joke. Szegedi gradually moves towards embracing his Jewish identity, but he finds himself in the nationalist's nightmare of being a man without a country. Rejected both by his former comrades and Jews who are justifiably skeptical of any conversion, Szegedi is left to wander the wilderness and wonder how he went down this road in the first place.
Keep Quiet is one of those documentaries that finds a subject ripe for adaptation, packaging a redemptive arc into a pleasing structure and sending the viewer on their way with a soothing hope for the future. To Blair and Martin's credit, they get that events are never that simple. Keep Quiet finds one man who might learn a better way amongst a nation that keeps repeating its past. It seems like a drop in the ocean amongst Jobbik's rising poll numbers and the illiberal nature of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's rhetoric. It's not like every Jobbik apparatchik is going to find a Jewish branch in their family tree. Keep Quiet's mildly hopeful, but mostly, it's a chilling snapshot of problems that refuse to go away. B+