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dir. Károly Makk / Hungary 1970 / 88’
subtitles: Polish and English
Golden Era of Hungarian Cinema

Cast

Lili Darvas, Mari Törőcsik, Iván Darvas, Erzsi Orsolya

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Hungary in the Stalinist times. In a poor flat there live two women: an elderly lady somewhat detached from reality, and her daughter-in-law, who looks after her. They both suffer poverty and humiliation, waiting for their son and husband to return. Worried about the old lady's health, the younger woman doesn't tell her the real reason for the man's absence: that he has been sent to a Stalinist labour camp. She makes a pact with the mailman and provides her mother-in-law with fake letters from America where her beloved son allegedly achieves success and fame. As life grows more terrible for the women and the less hope for a better fate they have, the more fairy-tale-like and unworldly the American stories become.

Károly Makk, who then made Another Way (Egymásra nézve), depicted the Stalinist terror without multiple scenes of sadistic violence, by showing everyday humiliation, loneliness and fear for one's family. For Makk, a response to evil is always love and responsibility for another person, which allows the main character to go beyond villainy of the powerful and beyond the humiliating helplessness in confrontation with evil.

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