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Adoptation
Örökbefogadás
dir. Márta Mészáros / Hungary 1975 / 89’
subtitles: Polish and English
Golden Era of Hungarian Cinema

Cast

Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vigh, Péter Fried, László Szabó

Film description

The triumphant winner of the Berlin Film Festival, one of the first films by Márta Mészáros. The 42-year-old Kata Csontosné leads a dull and passionless existence as a factory worker. She spends her spare time with a married man, who's always in a hurry. She realises that the affair will never turn into marriage. Kata is growing old, but she is unable to convince her lover to have a baby, although she's ready to bring it up alone, against everybody. She somehow compensates unsatisfied maternal feelings by making friends with a teenage girl from an orphanage. This friendship makes Kata flourish, liberates her from the cocoon of everyday rituals. The woman fights for someone else's happiness and finds courage for an almost heroic deed - adoption and lonely motherhood.

Márta Mészáros made this crude film with great care paid to the realistic depiction of society. This is one of the most outstanding works in Hungarian cinematography. The director focused on relations between women, who are capable of silent solidarity and wordless agreement, who are beyond the powerful, yet unfulfilled and aggressive, men. This subtle and sensitive film's strength also lies in the acting, especially in Katalin Berek's performance - authentic in every gesture of the main character.

Rafał Syska

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