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Egy nap (2018)
Invisible labor and being a mother of three in Hungary
This very realist film tells the story of a Hungarian mother of three little children (the oldest being in elementary school and the youngest being in pre-kindergarten). Anna's, the mother's, day is completely full, starting 6 until late in the night, with taking care of the kids, working in a language school and worrying about her marriage, because of her cheating husband.
I think the filmmakers used very real experiences making this film, which piece of art is also very Hungarian in the experiences it depicts.
The last scene is the best one, because that is the moment when Anna finally gives in and, in a way, takes care of herself.
Family dinamics and end-of-life discussions
This is an important documentary about an Arab Israeli family, with Bedouin heritage from the father's side. It is very interesting how the children feel closer to the Jewish population of Israel than to the Arab, because they grew up in a mainly Jewish town, and not in there father's Bedouin hometown.
The film also explores the importance of end-of-life discussions, namely the problem regarding the mother's burial. It is truly remarkable how openly the family can talk about what the mother wants when she will die.
It is a movie worth seeing, because one can learn a lot about different cultures living together and effecting each others' lives and deaths.
Best Hungarian thriller so far
This is the best Hungarian thriller I've seen so far. The acting is overall great, especially the lead actor, who brilliantly portrays a single mother working against a corrupt system. The gastlighting in the movie is so apparent, even those who aren't well-versed in gender studies can see it. Also, the cinematography is on point showing how the world turned upside down. This movie is a dystopia, but it contains social critism as well.
I think the film is brilliant, and it can be read as LGBTQ+. The protagonist uses drag to collect information about the girls who were sent to the Prince. She dresses as a man, and that's why she can enter the 'Boys Club' literally and figuratively in a poor district of Budapest. Also, in the last scene, we see Írisz in a WWI trench, and I think that Írisz also uses drag to participate in the boys' game, namely war.
The style of the movie can be a little confusing, but the viewer can put the pieces together, and it does not require hard work, just paying attention to - not even tiny - details. I think the style and the narration of the film open the door to many interpretations, including this LBGTQ+ one.
Konnyu leckek (2018)
A really moving documentary about an immigrant Somalian girl, who decides to stay in Hungary after one year on the road as a refugee. It is truly incredible how she managed to learn the Hungarian language on such a high level that she was able to take her SATs in Hungarian.
The struggle of telling her mom what's her life is like in Hungary really adds more layers to this already layered film.
Sof Ha'Olam Smola (2004)
I think this movie is totally false advertised. It is NOT about LGBTQ+ stuff, the two girls didn't fall in love w/ each other, they only kiss once, you can see this among the pictures. But I really liked how the movie pointed out the struggles both Moroccan and Indian Jews faced. Also, the abundance of languages (Hebrew, French and English) is really the strongest feature of this movie, so if you're a polyglot, you will enjoy this film. So if you expect an LGBT movie, you will be disappointed, but if you just want to see a family-friendly piece, about youth, about the 60s in Israel and about what it's like to be a newcomer in the country, you will be satisfied with this movie.