Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native... See full summary »
This symbol-filled story, filmed with sensuous detail and nuance, is set in Austria in the 1920s. While being treated for asthma at a country spa, an American diplomat's lonely 12-year-old ... See full summary »
Klaus Maria Brandauer
1989 is an important year in the political history of Hungary. However, Petya and his friends couldn't care less. They are about to graduate high school. The only important things to them ... See full summary »
A very quirky and disjointed narrative, mainly about an underpaid country girl working as a schoolteacher (Emma, stunningly and disturbingly played by Johanna Ter Steege, a Dutch actress, whose dialogue was clearly post-dubbed into Hungarian), with her roommate (Bobe) occasionally getting a look-in. There's gratuitous nudity and sex aplenty, as we see Emma take her morning shower (in a really dingy shower block), awoken to hear/see her roommate loudly having sex with a never-shown man, and Bobe joining a group of other women (all equally underpaid) auditioning as extras for a movie director's Turkish Bath scene. About eight women are shown, at lightning-fast pace, individually posed in the nude, holding up numbers. (Strangely, we do not see either Emma or Bobe undress, nor is this sequence ever even mentioned again ! ) And meeting up with a street artist at a disco, whom she'd met previously, and following him up to his room with no persuasion.
There's also some very disturbing stuff; such as Emma's recurring nightmare, of helplessly rolling down a gravelly hill, naked and screaming; Emma's confusing treatment at the hands of her much-older married lover (the headmaster); and her reaction the way she is interrogated after Bobe's (probably wrongful) arrest for prostituion and possession of foreign currency.
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