In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, ...
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In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, the problem is "solved" by the city government, which takes over the lot for future development.Written by
I saw this film when it was first released in '69. I had just turned 14 and was blown away. I could relate to the whole gang of guys, what they were doing, what was really happening in context, and how tragically things turned out. I was (even more) hooked on film than before just from the screening of that one film.
Rare that you see films so well crafted and thoughtful. Haven't seen it since, and with time details have faded with the exception of a couple of scenes near the end. I have always kept my eye out for it. I remember I was in tears at the end. Perhaps we'll see it on video one day? I hope so. It would be very nostalgic to see it again, as well.
A film which I recently saw on DVD and recommend, if you haven't seen it already: Le Fils (The Son) by Belgian director, Jean-Pierre (and his brother Luc) Dardenne. It is disturbing throughout with the feeling of a perverse thriller until you discover what is really going on and then it's "get out the hankies" at the final cut. It's one of those films that just ends in mid-scene with a quick cut-to-black after a simple 20 or 30-sec. piece of blocking which serves as denouement, catharsis, and what I'll call "predictor of things to come". Check the data base for crits. Cheers.
Hugh Corston, Quebec City, Canada
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