MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 40,930 this week

Fresh Air (2006)
"Friss levegö" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 January 2007 (Hungary)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 274 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 9 critic

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 890 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 652 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 125 titles
created 08 May 2013
 
250
a list of 250 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 200 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Fresh Air" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fresh Air (2006)

Fresh Air (2006) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fresh Air.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

As esi tu (2006)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Kristijonas Vildziunas
Stars: Saulius Bagaliunas, Andrius Bialobzeskis, Daiva Jovaisiene
Rol (2013)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

'The Role' is about a brilliant actor in revolutionary Russia who takes on the greatest role of his life - the role of another man. Influenced by the ideas of symbolism and the Silver Age, ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy
Stars: Aleksandr Efremov, Maria Järvenhelmi, Leonid Mozgovoy
Now or Never (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

David, a student in Pisa who is about to pass his final exam, gets involved in an anti-globalist group.

Director: Lucio Pellegrini
Stars: Jacopo Bonvicini, Violante Placido, Edoardo Gabbriellini
Sneakers (2011)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a Summer shared by six young people. It all begins with their escapes from the bleak and dreary City. Each one of them escapes East of Hell... to the point farthest away, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Vladimirov, Valeri Yordanov
Stars: Ivo Arakov, Phillip Avramov, Ivan Barnev
Ruthless (1948)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn
Easy! (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of a melancholy professor is turned upside down when he discovers that a rebellious teenager he is tutoring is actually his son.

Director: Francesco Bruni
Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Barbora Bobulova, Stefano Brunori
Brides (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Stars: Damian Lewis, Victoria Haralabidou, Andréa Ferréol
Sestre (TV Movie 2011)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two sisters from Krusevac, Serbia, decided to take part-time job in Italy, little did they know that they will become victims of human trafficking, prostitution, and well organized crime organization.

Director: Vladimir Paskaljevic
Stars: Ivana Vukovic, Ana Mandic, Ljubomir Bandovic
Besa (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Karanovic
Stars: Predrag Manojlovic, Iva Krajnc, Radivoje Bukvic
Snowboarders (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Karel Janák
Stars: Vojtech Kotek, Jirí Mádl, Ester Geislerová
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lourenço is the son of Francisco Figueiredo, a soccer coach in the beginning of a very promising career. Everything goes well: Francisco's team is in the Portuguese Cup final and Lourenço ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Leitão
Stars: Alcides, Alex, Angi Almeida
A vírus (2005)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the life of a young virologist appears a different kind of virus. The kind he wasn't expecting...

Director: Ágnes Kocsis
Stars: Gergely Bánki, Annamária Láng, Szabolcs Thuróczy
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Izabella Hegyi ...
Angéla
Júlia Nyakó ...
Viola
Anita Turóczi ...
Marina
Zoltán Kiss ...
Emil
Béla Stubnya ...
Zoltán, a vécétulajdonos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mirkó Andrasev
Nádja Andrasev
Szonja Andrasev
Pál Balázs
Bence Barabás
László Bartha
Mária Bence
Veronika Benisch ...
(as Fillenzné Benisch Veronika)
Péter Bereczky ...
Antal
István Bogár
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

4 January 2007 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Aire fresco  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

HUF 14,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Octopus (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fresh air for effectively deadpan, slice-of-life dramedies
17 July 2007 | by (The Great Northwest) – See all my reviews

Although set out as another deadpan, slice-of-life/inter-generational-malaise comedy that often inspires inquiries into tired Freudian insights, "Fresh Air", the welcomely modest film from novice Hungarian director Agnes Kocsis, manages to make a nicely acute look at the contemporary mother-daughter relationship and it's glaringly distant nature without drowning in it Oedipal cliques. Shooting in an amiably, if predictably, wry sensibility, she manages to stress the more casual, common-place observations of everyday life without over-reaching for an offbeat, hyper-zealous whimsy.

Set in modern-day Budapest, without the sparkle of a Rick Steves-eye-view of tourism-centered Europe (where Budapest has become a recent hot commodity), it focuses on two women: Viola (Julia Nyako), a nearing-middle-age single mother whose considerable beauty has not seem to worked out in her favor: she works as a restroom attendant in a city subway, though she treats her supposedly lowly position with an odd sense of efficient integrity and pride. Her daughter, Angela (Izabella Hegyi), doesn't feel the same way, as she aspires for higher ambitions to be a fashion designer and escape the remote monotony of her seemingly minimal teenage life.

Although they live in close quarters, communication between viola and Angela has almost completely lapsed: viola is too wrapped up in her own marginal routine (her personal life is a tidy disaster), for which Angela feels both shame and a condescending, unspoken empathy. The only time they ever enjoy being together is silently watching an unnamed, beloved television serial, whose hero provides a momentary (and, at least to the audience, enigmatic) solace from their dead-end existence.

And that's where the movie does find it's most insightful strength and solidity, in how well it portrays both the considerable emotional gap between the two ladies as well as mirroring their personalities as almost complete replicas. Rarely are they shown in the same frame together, but newcomer Hegyi and unsung veteran Nyako convey the doppelganger effect with a remarkable precision.

Angela can easily sigh at her mother's helplessly introverted personality (in the film's most facetious sequences, we see viola wander through a dating service as she haggardly dismisses her male suitor's fervent pursuits, and at an evangelical gathering where she refuses to play along) and scorn at her odd, obsessive habits (her penchant for using air freshner is borderline fetishistic), but the movie pressingly notes that she is almost completely alike.

While Viola may, unenthusiastically, have the need to 'belong' (wherever to, and why, is beyond her) for which her personality doesn't allow, Angela has the typical adolescent, angst-ridden' urge to break out, treating her surrounding enviorment with a similar sense of bored indifference. The people around her are viewed as unexciting (she treats her whiny 'best-friend' as Hollywood-issue, and acts wayward around her new, sort-of boyfriend (part physics-geek, part plebeian dream-boy) who, like viola's would-be suitors, pursues her with an aggressive animal attraction), and almost every get-together ends with a tedious anti-climax. In her mind, nobody should mess with her strict, habitual determination, which including strenuously hewing her latest sweatshop-style dress at school and dancing around magazine cutouts of chic apparel designs around the flat (as well as opening it's windows whenever viola comes home, since all the synthetic air freshener in the world can't shake Angela's interpretation that her mom stinks).

Late in the movie, there's a botched road trip, an altercation at the subway restroom and some taciturn female bonding subsequent to the accident to illicit some requisite dramatics, only quasi-necessary for what is otherwise an effectively anecdotal, quirky bit of slice-of-life deadpan that is happily content to be intelligently modest. And that's welcome for "Fresh Air's" very modern story of the dis-communication between parents and offspring and the occasionally disparate paths they take, though they are often followed in remarkably similar ways. With some sharp humor and sharper emphasis on the subtleties of the moods and tension between the seemingly hapless characters, it's a gratifying (if a bit slow-moving) dramedy debut that fans of Bent Hamner, Aki Kaurisamki and all other droll Scandinavian comedies should check out immediately.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Colours Sgt_Bilko
Discuss Fresh Air (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?