Two twin sisters, who grew up separately, Dóra, a pseudo-aristocrat, and Lili, an anarchist bomber, are reunited through Z, a mysterious traveller of the luxurious Orient-Express.


Ildikó Enyedi


Ildikó Enyedi
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Cast overview:
Dorota Segda ... Dóra / Lili / Anya (as Dorotha Segda)
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Z
Paulus Manker ... Weininger Ottó
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Thomas Edison
Gábor Máté ... K
Gyula Kéry Gyula Kéry ... ékszerész (as Kéri Gyula)
Andrej Schwartz Andrej Schwartz ... Segéd
Sándor Téri ... Huszár (as Téry Sándor)
Sándor Czvetkó Sándor Czvetkó ... Anarchista fiú
Endre Koronczi Endre Koronczi ... Lift boy
Ágnes Kovács Ágnes Kovács ... Iker
Eszter Kovács Eszter Kovács ... Iker


Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. At the dawn of the 20th Century the double-blind experiment hits crescendo for Dora & Lili, born the evening Edison unveiled his incandescent bulb. In 1900, technology was accelerating, could women's rights and national self-determination keep pace? Written by David Stevens

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An enchantingly sensual tale.


Comedy | Drama


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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 »


The film takes place around 1900. In the projection room scene, among Méliès' films, there is an extract from "The General" by Buster Keaton which was shot in 1926. That is 26 years later. See more »


Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Don't try to understand, just enjoy
5 January 2004 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

Funny, touching, audacious, even momentarily erotic--this film pays homage to French surrealist cinema, the look and feel of the early classical Russian films, and the great broad fantasy tradition in literature and film that will never, as long as good humor and the irrational are honored, die out completely. My advice is: don't try to understand. Just sit back and be transported to a make-believe 1900 and have yourself a Happy New Year.

Oh, and don't overlook some very adept performances by a cat, a dog with electrodes in his head, a sad and too late wise chimpanzee, and a pigeon!

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