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An American Rhapsody (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 2002 (Hungary)
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A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.

Director:

Éva Gárdos (as Éva Gardos)

Writer:

Éva Gárdos (as Éva Gardos)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlett Johansson ... Suzanne - at 15
Nastassja Kinski ... Margit
Raffaella Bánsági Raffaella Bánsági ... Suzanne - Infant
Tony Goldwyn ... Peter
Ágnes Bánfalvy Ágnes Bánfalvy ... Helen (as Ági Bánfalvy)
Zoltán Seress Zoltán Seress ... George
Klaudia Szabó Klaudia Szabó ... Maria - at 4
Zsolt Zágoni Zsolt Zágoni ... Russian Soldier
András Szöke András Szöke ... Istvan
Erzsi Pásztor Erzsi Pásztor ... Ilus
Carlos Laszlo Carlos Laszlo ... Boy on Train
Bori Kereszturi Bori Kereszturi ... Suzanne - at 3 (as Boru Keresztúri)
Péter Kálloy Molnár ... AVO Officer (as Péter Kállóy Molnár)
Zsuzsa Czinkóczi Zsuzsa Czinkóczi ... Teri
Balázs Galkó Balázs Galkó ... Jeno
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Storyline

In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive communist country for the USA with their eldest daughter Maria, but are forced to leave behind their infant daughter Suzanne who is raised by kindly foster couple. 6 years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles where the perplexed youth is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country which leads to a troubled growing up. At age 15, the rebellious and unsure-of-herself Suzanne tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary to find her true identity. Written by matt-282

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One family struggles for survival, for justice, for freedom.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 February 2002 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Rapsódia Americana See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,200, 12 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$850,023, 7 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on the true life story of writer and director of the film, Éva Gárdos. See more »

Goofs

In 1955, Suzanne's father is shown with a bottle of Stolichnaya Russian Vodka which was not imported to the United States until 1972. See more »

Crazy Credits

Film has the following dedication before the credits: For my Mother and Father See more »

Soundtracks

Jaj Istenem
Arranged by Jeno Zsigo
Performed by Ando Drom
Courtesy of The Ando Drom Foundation
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Good intentions, poor execution
24 May 2004 | by ahorvathSee all my reviews

Let me preface this review, by saying that this is indeed my first review, so a certain sense of rustiness will be noticed.

With that out of the way, lets get to the meat of the topic. Being of Hungarian origin, it was hard to overlook certain shortcomings with regards to the use of language and music. There are certain situations where i thought the use of the Hungarian language would have been more forceful and certainly more emotionally satisfying, as opposed to using English. And while the movie was made with American audiences in mind, nevertheless, this type of small movie should be able to get away with the use of subtitles all the way through. As far as the music was concerned, it was not even of Hungarian origin in most cases. Considering the title used the word rhapsody, there would have been scope for the use of genuine Hungarian music.

The director's stated ambition - in the audio commentary - was to portray all the characters in a sympathetic light, so that we - the audience - do not feel more emotional attachment towards one set of parents over the other. Well, maybe it is me, but I did feel more sympathetic towards one set of parents than the other. Which makes the ending all the more less satisfying and somewhat rushed. As if, somebody said, but we need a feel good ending. If only life would be so simple.

On the positive side, the performance of the 6 year old Susannah or Zsuzsi, is quite remarkable. To have such a range of emotions displayed by a child of that age is simply unique. The look of the movie is also well thought out, with the use of the black and white at the beginning and later reverting to full colour.

Ultimately, it is a movie that will satisfy the general American audience, but for those that have personal experiences similar to those in the film, will find the whole experience somewhat wasted. The potential was there.... my score is 3/10


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