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Time Stands Still (1982)
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In Hungary in the 1960s, a single mother must raise her children by herself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anikó Iván ...
Szukics Magda
István Znamenák ...
Péter Gálfy ...
Wilman Péter, "Vilma"
Henrik Pauer ...
Sándor Söth ...
Ágnes Kakassy ...
Lajos Öze ...
Pál Hetényi ...
Mária Ronyecz ...
Lovas, "Malacpofa"
Tamás Jordán ...
Jozef Kroner ...
Szombathy, osztályfõnök
Ádám Rajhona ...
Rajnák, igazgatóhelyettes
Lajos Szabó
Ilona Bacsó
Péter Béres


A Budapest high school in the beginning of the 1960s. Dinis suffers the torments of adolescence. His father had to leave Hungary after the uprise in 1956, and since then Dini's mother has had to take care of her two sons on her own. A friend of Dinis' father, Bodor, is released from prison and moves in with them. Dinis and his brother Bodor are far from happy over this intrusion of their family life. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Between the pain of the past and the fear of the future, time stands still.




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16 September 1982 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Czas stanal w miejscu  »

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Voted as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films" ("New Budapest 12") by Hungarian filmmakers and critics in 2000. See more »


Referenced in Idö van (1986) See more »

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Adolescent delight.
23 April 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Just prior to the explosion of American teen films in the 1980s that followed American Graffiti (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Risky Business, The Outsiders, Revenge of the Nerds, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stand By Me, Sixteen Candles, Teen Wolf, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing and My American Cousin just to name a few), Gothar made this Hungarian film about a group of teens living in Budapest. The film traces their lives over the course of over ten years, focusing on two brothers in a family torn apart by politics. The institutions represented by the school and revolutionaries frame the protagonists' plot, but do not interfere. The result is a delightful and intriguing tale of a young man dealing with all the problems of adolescence: women, friends, popularity, sex, alcohol and cigarettes - combined with the ever-present influence of American culture. The film is beautifully photographed and there are some innovative uses of the camera and colour. All the tricks are here: slow-motion, wide angle, different colour; but they do not cloud the film and they are certainly not kitschy. Gothar creates an atmosphere filled with confused and mature teens (more like the dramatic Dead Poets Society rather than the other films mentioned above) that will keep you involved and interested in the characters' lives.

Highly recommended.

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