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Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe (1992)

Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok (original title)
The story shows Emma's and Böbe's fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don't want to lose their place and become village girls again.

Director:

István Szabó
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johanna ter Steege ... Emma
Enikö Börcsök Enikö Börcsök ... Böbe
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Stefanics - Igazgató
Éva Kerekes Éva Kerekes ... Szundi
Ildikó Bánsági Ildikó Bánsági ... Emma (voice)
Irma Patkós Irma Patkós ... Hermina néni
Erzsi Pásztor Erzsi Pásztor ... Rózsa néni
Hédi Temessy ... Mária néni
Irén Bódis Irén Bódis ... Emma anyja
Erzsébet Gaál Erzsébet Gaál ... Raktárosnõ (as Erzsi Gaál)
Zoltán Mucsi Zoltán Mucsi ... Szilárd, a rajztanár
Tamás Jordán Tamás Jordán ... Szaglár százados
Gábor Máté ... ügyeletes tiszt
Olivér Csendes Olivér Csendes
Attila Kaszás Attila Kaszás
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The story shows Emma's and Böbe's fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don't want to lose their place and become village girls again.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Hungary | Germany

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quirky and disjointed
12 January 2008 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

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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