Time Stands Still (1982)
"Megáll az idö" (original title)

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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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Revolution and Rock n'Roll
5 April 2006 | by (Norfolk, England) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film, rather more than worthy, set, as the previous comment says, in post-1956 (hence post revolution) Hungary. It traces the lives of a group of kids in their last days at school, the father of one of them having fled into exile after the failure of the revolution. The kids are trying to cope with the world the revolution has left behind, and what they chiefly find helpful is western rock n'roll. They want a decadent lifestyle in a puritan state. If rebellion with a cause was no good, why not try being a rebel without a cause? Sex and drugs and the rest.

Sharp, realist, lyrical and poignant, it avoids both sentimentality and cynicism. Nor is it grandeur it is after, but the low hard nitty-gritty of adolescence in a vacuum. Top stuff, and probably the director Gothár's best.

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