The Two of Them
Director: Márta Mészáros Run Time: 100 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1978 Language: Hungarian
Starring: Jan Nowicki, Lili Monori, Marina Vlady, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi
Two women, each at a critical crossroads in life and love, find refuge in their friendship with one another in this multilayered look at female solidarity. Mari (Vlady), a middle-aged director of a hostel for working women, grapples with her insecurities about aging and her husband’s impending departure to Mongolia; Juli (Monori), an unruly young factory employee raising a daughter (Czinkóczi, future star of Márta Mészáros’ DIARY trilogy), struggles to escape from her tumultuous relationship with her alcoholic husband (Nowicki). With characteristic sensitivity, Mészáros traces the protective yet complex bond that forms between the two, each at a different stage of life but dealing with the same questions of freedom and autonomy as they chart their rocky paths towards independence. – Janus Films
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