Tag Archives: Hungarian

Another Way / Egymásra nézve (1982) Károly Makk, János Xantus, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Ildikó Bánsági, Grazyna Szapolowska, Biography, Drama, History

Another Way (1982)
Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia’s husband, Donci, is under arrest. In a flashback to the year before, we see what leads up to the tragedy. Eva gets a job as a writer. She meets Livia and is attracted to her. Livia feels much the same, but as a married woman, has doubts and hesitations. In their work, they (and Eva in particular) bang up against the limits of telling political truths; in private, they confront the limits of living out sexual and emotional truth.

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Tomorrow Pheasant / Holnap lesz fácán (1974) Sándor Sára, Erika Szegedi, Loránd Lohinszky, Ádám Szirtes, Comedy, Drama

Tomorrow Pheasant (1974)
The film takes place on an uninhabited island. A married couple wanted to retreat here, into the intimacy of silence and solitude. The island is however soon discovered and gradually flooded by campers, who freely enjoy naturist “mass” camping. One of the beer-bellied campers however seizes power, and establishes tyranny on the island with the help of his minions.

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Ítél a Balaton / The Waters Decide (1932) Pál Fejös, Antal Páger, Ernõ Elekes, Gyula Csortos, Drama

The Waters Decide (1932)
The story of balladistic intonation takes place at Lake Balaton, in a fisher village. The love of Kovács Mária and Szabó Mihály is hopeless due to a long animosity between their families. Mária is married by her father to his adopted son Kovács Jani. The unhappy young woman is unable to hide her love for Mihály and therefore her angry father sentences her with the traditionally suitable penalty of unfaithful women, she is put on the stormy waters of Balaton in a boat without oars or scull.

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Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója / Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007) János Szász, Ulrich Thomsen, Kirsti Stubø, Zsolt László, Drama

Opium Diary of a Madwoman (2007)
At a dark and foreboding mental asylum for women in pre-World War I Hungary, opium-addicted psychiatrist Dr. Jozsef Brenner (Ulrich Thomsen) volunteers strictly to obtain easy access to morphine. Once inside the nightmarish asylum, where the female patients are routinely abused by the nuns who perform nursing duties and primitive lobotomies occur regularly, Brenner finds himself increasingly obsessed by a particular patient, compulsive writer Gizella Klein (Kirsti Stubo).

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