Binding Sentiments

Director: Márta Mészáros Run Time: 98 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1969 Language: Hungarian

Starring: Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits, Mari Törőcsik

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Family ties become a trap from which a woman struggles to escape in Mészáros’ quietly devastating sophomore feature. Following the sudden death of her prominent politician husband, middle-aged Edit (Töröcsik) finds herself plunged into an existential crisis, caught between her desire for independence and the machinations of her elder son István (Balázsovits) who seems intent on controlling her life just as his father did. In the middle of it all is István’s young fiancée Kati (Kovács), who gradually realizes that she may be repeating Edit’s mistakes. Though BINDING SENTIMENTS is rare among Mészáros’ works in its focus on a wealthy, rather than working-class, milieu, it strikingly illustrates how the predicaments of patriarchy affect all women. – Janus Films

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