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Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires András to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic ménage à trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well.Written by
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Although there are plenty of fiction in it, the film is beautifully woven with exquisite actors/actresses and crew, not to mention the streamy version of the song.
Yet spoken in the most splendid sounds of the German language, if there is one thing I could hope for, I hope to see the same film overdubbed digitally in each characters' original languages -- Ilona, Laszlo, Andras and the song in Hungarian with Hans occasionally speaking German. It would probably be more dramatic to see some characters switching between German and Hungarian as history flows. Even though I don't speak either of the languages.
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