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The Door (2012)

A novelist forms a strange bond with her eccentric maid that will have a lasting effect on both women.

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István Szabó

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Magda Szabó (novel), István Szabó (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Emerenc
Martina Gedeck ... Magda
Károly Eperjes ... Tibor
Gábor Koncz Gábor Koncz ... Lieutenant Colonel
Enikö Börcsök Enikö Börcsök ... Sutu
Ági Szirtes Ági Szirtes ... Polett
Erika Marozsán ... Évike Grossmann
Ildikó Tóth Ildikó Tóth ... Doctor
Mari Nagy Mari Nagy ... Adél
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Mr. Brodarics
Lajos Kovács Lajos Kovács ... Handyman
Csaba Pindroch Csaba Pindroch ... Emerenc's Nephew
Dénes Ujlaky Dénes Ujlaky ... Emerenc's Grandfather
Anna Szandtner Anna Szandtner ... Young Emerenc
Réka Tenki Réka Tenki ... Emerenc's Mother
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A novelist forms a strange bond with her eccentric maid that will have a lasting effect on both women.

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Country:

Hungary | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Tras la puerta See more »

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Hungary See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Cameo: director Istvan Szabo appears as doctor in the hospital See more »

Goofs

When Emernc and Magda are arguing about 'kitsch', Emernc stomps into the entryway and dumps the boot holding the umbrellas onto the floor. As she does, she is standing on a red rug, but when the camera angle switches to display the umbrellas and the boot, the rug is no where to be seen. As the camera shot switches, the rug is back. See more »

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Helen Mirren in a Hungarian Drama Thriller
12 September 2012 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

First of all this is a Hungarian made film and using Hungarian actors with the exception of Britains Helen Mirren - and it is entirely in English.

You might wonder why Helen Mirren appears in this film and compare her role in 'the Queen' and 'The Tempest". If it was not for Helen Mirren, I doubt this film would have any publicity or marketing potential at all.

Helen Mirren plays an eccentric maid called Emerinc who basically works for a family across the street. She has had an interesting life but lives somewhat reclusive and nobody ever enters her house, hence the title of 'The Door'.

The film is essentially about Emerinc and her relationship with her employers. The story in a sense is very ordinary but this is a very interesting drama because it gives an insight into Hungarian folk life and provides a terrific acting platform for the great talents of Helen Mirren.

I liked the film very much. It is not a thriller in the normal sense but a slow slow drama which tells a story about a lonely woman and her relationship with her villagers.

While there is a definite dearth in good movies around at the moment, this one stands out as different and very watchable. Enjoy!


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