In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, ... See full summary »
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Mail author for translation. A riporter csak húsz órát tölt a faluban. Beszélgetései so- rán kibontakozik húsz év története. Megismerkedik "elnök Jóska" életútjával, akit gyermekkori ... See full summary »
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 »
Mail for translation. A kis cseled, Edes Anna mindenesnek szegodik Vizy meltosagosekhoz. Vizyne buszke a jo vasarra az igenytelen, szorgalmas leannyal, de nem veszi emberszamba. Az asszony unokaoccse megkornyekezi a lanyt, aki halas a szep szavakert, es enged neki. Amikor allapotos lesz, a fiatalur otthagyja ot. Anna megalaztatasai vegul tragediaba torkollanak.Written by
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After seeing Fábri's excellent "Körhinta" (1956) the other day I felt compelled to review this film which I saw several years ago. I remember it being a spare but effective exploration of class dynamics, framing and lighting illuminating Fábri's subtle political insights. Perhaps a more persuasive argument for neophytes to seek out an old, obscure Hungarian film is to give exposure to the brilliant performance by Törőcsik Mari, as compelling a victim-aggressor as Catherine Deneuve would be some time later in Polański's "Repulsion", if not more so. She has a face and voice born for the pictures - both soft, innocent, a little naïve, but capable of expressing massive shifts in emotion or psychology with slight fluctuations.
Bonuses - Mezei Mária's striking bitchiness as the titular Anna's high-class mistress and a truly inspired nightmare sequence (how did they do that?!).
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