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I've seen this movie first about 10 years ago and it became one of my favorite Hungarian films from the 70's. A high-ranked communist leader comes to a simple family at lake Balaton. Each member of the family hopes that he'll help them in certain things, e.g. in their tourist business or establish a distillery. However, the "great man" has stomach ulcer or something like this and despite of the fantastic Hungarian dishes and wine he can't enjoy himself. Moreover he looks down the simplicity of the rural family though they do everything to make him feel well. In the film we can see great stuffings, drinking and we have an occasion to know the the rural Hungarian life in the 70's. The actors and actresses are really perfect in this comedy but I think mostly Eastern Europeans can understand it completely because of the specific plot. A really great movie, don't miss it!!!
Good news and bad at the same time: this film is mostly understandable
for the Hungarian (or Eastern-European) viewers. It depicts perfectly
the Hungarian way of thinking of the era, the fact that we could never
really enjoy what we had and "worked like animals" just to save a few
forints. This is the generation of my parents so I have seen many such
characters around me - many unfinished houses, many human wrecks and
failed education for the children. I heard the same lines and words in
my real life, this film was like hearing them again but seeing it all
from outside so you can understand what lies beneath these sentences
just because you are suddenly outside of the situation and not involved
These are the people you see on the Italian or Greek beach but never enjoying a coffee at a local bar but who prefer to bring bottled water and beer with themselves on the bus - just to save a few forints again. I am sorry for this generation because they truly worked hard through their lives and still could be happy only for some minutes.
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