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Zoltán Miklós Hajdu,
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A very fine artistic memory of a (nearly) lost generation
It is a masterpiece of the young István Szabó from 1970, many years before worldwide-fame and Oscar Prize. A story of two young people in Hungary, Jancsi and Kata. First they are good friends, later lovers. Soon after the 56-Revolution Kata leaves Hungary, Jancsi stays there. After appr.10 years Jancsi is allowed to visit Kata in France, their love is reborn, but after a short, very happy period Jancsi has to return to Hungary and their love fades as years have gone by. It is unforgettable when Jancsi glances at Paris last time before leaving (perhaps) forever. The film is a fine memory of a not so nice past when two young people were separated from each other just because one of them lived in the "socialist" Hungary and the other in the "capitalist" France. Using flashback-system the director shows a human history of Hungary from the forties to the seventies as a mirror of the young lovers' life. Strongly recommended and not only for young lovers.
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