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A vizsga (2011)

1957, Budapest. A young defense officer's loyalty is tested by his mentor in a highly deceptive spy game.

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Péter Bergendy

Writer:

Norbert Köbli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zsolt Nagy Zsolt Nagy ... Jung András
János Kulka János Kulka ... Markó Pál
Péter Scherer Péter Scherer ... Kulcsár Emil
András Balogh András Balogh ... Dohány
Gabriella Hámori ... Gát Éva
László Széles László Széles ... Radnai
Mihály Szabados ... Bolha
Péter Haás Vander Péter Haás Vander ... Atya
Áron Dimény Áron Dimény ... Vígh
Gábor Hellebrandt Gábor Hellebrandt ... Varga
Lehel Kovács Lehel Kovács ... Pálmai
Ferenc Elek ... Csapó
Tamás Dvorák Tamás Dvorák ... Portás
Vera Pap Vera Pap ... Egriné
Anita Tóth Anita Tóth ... Házmesterné
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1957, Budapest. A young defense officer's loyalty is tested by his mentor in a highly deceptive spy game.

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Taglines:

Don't trust anyone. Don't trust yourself.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

13 October 2011 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exam See more »

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Budget:

€400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Amazing movie - a must see!
10 January 2014 | by Daniel BSee all my reviews

I'm always skeptical about Hungarian movies, because one in every five years meets the standards of other European films, but "A vizsga" left me amazed. The script is written by Norbert Köbli, who's known for translating Syd Field's work to Hungarian, and apparently he took Field's advices. Köbli is outstanding at creating conflicts, exposing character backstories and he's written a couple of great twists. The directing is also great, building up tension nicely, but Köbli's script is making this movie a masterpiece. Gergely Parádi's score is also worth mentioning, only the actors seem a bit unprofessional in this movie.

Foreign viewers, who are unfamiliar with the communist regimes in Central Europe, may struggle with understanding the historical background, but the film is a great portrayal of these times.

I've only given a rating of 10 maybe 10-15 times in my life to a movie, but this one is a 10. It's as good as the Oscar-winning "Das Leben der Anderen" (The Lives of Others), which revolves around a quite similar topic.


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