6 user 46 critic

Just the Wind (2012)

Csak a szél (original title)
Unknown racist murderers have already attacked four families. Some of them died. Who will be the next on this ordinary day? Inspired by a true story.


Benedek Fliegauf


Benedek Fliegauf (as Bence Fliegauf)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Katalin Toldi Katalin Toldi ... Mari
Gyöngyi Lendvai Gyöngyi Lendvai ... Anna
Lajos Sárkány Lajos Sárkány ... Rió
György Toldi György Toldi ... Grandfather
Gyula Horváth Gyula Horváth ... Ali
Attila Egyed Attila Egyed ... Policeman Géza
Gergely Kaszás Gergely Kaszás ... Father
Zsolt Végh Zsolt Végh ... Janitor
Emese Vasvári Emese Vasvári ... Auntie Rózsi
Máté Tóth Máté Tóth ... Carping Man at Pub 1
Franciska Töröcsik Franciska Töröcsik ... Gothic
Laszlo Cziffer Laszlo Cziffer ... Policeman Laci
Kálmán Csurár Kálmán Csurár ... Polgárör fönök
Gyula Jungwirth Gyula Jungwirth ... Playstation guy
Károlyné Katalin Szakály Károlyné Katalin Szakály ... Teacher
Learn more

More Like This 

Lily Lane (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A mother seeks out her estranged father in the aftermath of her mother's death.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Angéla Stefanovics, Bálint Sótonyi, Miklós Székely B.
Dealer I (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A drug dealer spends his last day alive pedaling around Budapest visiting friends and clients.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Felicián Keresztes, Barbara Thurzó, Lajos Szakács
Milky Way (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This work on a joint at once of several genres of the modern art - music, cinema, a video art - so him it is possible to show not only in cinema halls, but also at exhibitions. In the movie... See full summary »

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Barbara Balogh, Sándor Balogh, Péter Balázs
Forest (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of young men and women in Budapest in the 21. century.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Rita Braun, Barbara Csonka, Laszlo Cziffer
Womb (2010)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Stars: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu
Delta (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new ... See full summary »

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Stars: Félix Lajkó, Orsolya Tóth, Lili Monori
Free Fall (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman falls out of the window of an apartment house. On her way back, she witnesses seven stories, one on each floor.

Director: György Pálfi
Stars: Piroska Molnár, Miklós Benedek, Tamás Jordán
White Palms (2006)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly ... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Stars: Zoltán Miklós Hajdu, Kyle Shewfelt, Gheorghe Dinica
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a man accidentally causes the death of the son of his best friend, the man is wracked by grief and runs off into the woods.

Directors: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
Stars: Curtis Brown, Diane Brown, Greg Brown
Fateless (2005)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fourteen-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary, as he is sent to a concentration camp, where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.

Director: Lajos Koltai
Stars: Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek
Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Günter Reich, Louis Devos, Eva Csapo


News quickly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hungarian village. The perpetrators have escaped and nobody claims to know who might have committed the crime. For another Romany family living close by, the murder only serves to confirm their latent, carefully repressed fears. Far away in Canada the head of the family decides that his wife, children and their grandfather must join him as soon as possible. Living in fear of the racist terror that surrounds them and feeling abandoned by the silent majority, the family tries to get through the day after the attack. By nightfall when darkness descends on the village the family pushes the beds closer together than usual. Yet their hope of escaping the madness proves illusory. Based on an actual series of killings in Hungary that claimed the lives of eight people in less than a year, Bence Fliegauf portrays the pogrom-like atmosphere which breeds such violence. The camera stays hot on the heels of the protagonists, making the ... Written by Bence Fliegauf

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gypsy | See All (1) »




See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Official submission of Hungary to the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


Mari: Rio, don't go wandering off, do you hear me? Take him to school.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits run backwards, from top to bottom. See more »

User Reviews

From Dawn to Dusk: A Deterministic Tragedy
29 November 2012 | by ilpohirvonenSee all my reviews

Benedek Fliegauf's "Just the Wind" has divided its audience to lovers and haters. Some accuse the film for demagogy or creating black and white illusions while others praise the director's style and social sensibility. In all its simplicity, "Just the Wind" tells what happens to a Romani family during one ordinary day: the mother works as a cleaner in two shift works, her daughter gets bored at school bench, and her son skips school, building a safe house in the woods. The only way out seems to be the father of the family who already lives in Canada. The children are anxiously waiting for them to move, although there is really no reason to believe why things would be any better on the other side of the globe.

The film begins with morning sunlight sparkling through treetops into dim space. In fact, images of dawn, fields, woods, water and dusk do reign the visual world of the film. To my mind, it is astonishing how Fliegauf has managed to make everyday realism so utterly beautiful. There is even something neo-realist in the camera-work. But as the film dazzles with its aesthetics it also horrifies with its content.

The gloomy, dark-themed mood of "Just the Wind" isn't, however, merely due to the shadow cast on the remote village by racist murders but also a consequence of efficient sound design and long takes that are framed in a distressingly narrow fashion. With his documentary-like approach Fliegauf not only highlights the authenticity of the milieu (each scene takes place in natural setting and lighting) but also the fact that this has actually happened. In addition, the film manages to create such a tension which keeps in its grip and coerces the viewer into identifying with the bleak reality portrayed. The viewer must identify with the characters and experience, for an hour and a half, what they go through every single day. This mood which exhales misery is, at times, quite hard to bear but fortunately broken down every once in a while by lyric landscape shots which are both serene and soothing.

In the cinematographic depiction, created by hand-held camera and deliberately improvised composition, nature plays an integral role. It's an active part of the drama, and especially the colors of green and yellow are continuously recorded to the spectator's consciousness. As an essential element in the film's aesthetics, nature is, however, counterpointed with architecture of degradation which enhances the emotion of the beginning of an end. People live in shattered ruins where grown-ups are practically living dead. Trash, rotten food, cast-off objects and flat coffee infiltrate through the screen to the sense organs of the viewer. In "Just the Wind" only the children are capable of brief moments of joy in this stark environment but, at the same, adult-like responsibility is constantly required.

Noteworthy is also that Fliegauf doesn't idealize the Romani people, not to the least extent. This is not a one-sided portrayal. Fliegauf depicts a certain regression of alienation -- the final stage of exclusion where people have been divided into friends and foes. After this, guns talk. In a detailed manner, the film shows how the society has itself created such conditions and furthers the worsening situation with its disregard action. Hence, the darkness of the film is directly due to social reality and the circumstances emerging from it. The film doesn't answer nor preach. It only agitates and shows. The film asks why. As ominous elements culminate, the film begins to show its true deterministic nature: how the dark-themed drama inevitably leads to an uncompromising disaster.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Hungary | Germany | France


Hungarian | English | Romany

Release Date:

5 April 2012 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Just the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


EUR620,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed