Director: Márta Mészáros Run Time: 88 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1976 Language: Hungarian
Starring: Jan Nowicki, Lili Monori
A defiant woman asserts her autonomy in the face of a disapproving society in Mészáros’ complex look at the ways in which women’s bodies and minds are held in check by the strictures of patriarchy. Frequent Mészáros collaborator Lili Monori delivers a fearless performance as Juli, a young woman who begins a new job at a brick factory where she is immediately pursued by possessive coworker János (Nowicki)—a relationship that grows complicated when he discovers that she is raising a son from a previous lover. Mészáros’ background as a documentarian is evident in her feeling for the industrial landscapes of Northern Hungary and in the astonishing final scene in which the boundaries between actress and character are radically dissolved. – Janus Films
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