Edes Emma, draga Bobe: vazlatok, aktok (1992)

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Emma has moved to Budapest from the countryside with her good friend Böbe, and both of them have taken jobs as schoolteachers. However, their wages are pitifully small, and all they can afford in the way of housing is a shared room in a boarding house near the airport. The two women have settled into their lives, but it isn't easy: Emma's sexual affair with the school's married principal is not emotionally satisfying, and Böbe's penchant for picking up foreigners and bringing them back to their room for sex creates unpleasant situations, to say the least. At school, it used to be clear what the quickest route to success was, but now that the communists are no longer in power, a lot of the senior people are floundering in uncertainty. Eventually, Emma gains the courage to strike out on her own. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Edes Emma, draga Bobe: vazlatok, aktok

All Critics (1)

Szabó's film - co-written with Andrea Vészits - is concerned with the way in which, after a major switch in a political system, there is a period in which it takes people time to find their voices.

Full Review… | December 8, 2013
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Edes Emma, draga Bobe: vazlatok, aktok

This film just did not connect for this viewer. Maybe it was the translation. Maybe it was the cultural differences. Maybe it was the choppy editing that left few transitional scenes, but seemed to jump from one crisis to the next without context. Maybe it was the lack of clear motivation for the actions of the various characters. Somehow the ingredients were there for a much better film than this turned out to be, but it just never jelled. Two young women, Emma (Johanna ter Steege) and Böbe (Enikö Börcsök), childhood friends, leave their country village and attempt to make a life for themselves in Budapest. They are poor and struggling, but determined to make a success of their lives. The basic story kernel was solid, the two girls are lovely, but the way the story unfolded left a lot to be desired.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Purely for those who are absolutely curious about the Hungarian film scene. This is interesting but not terribly compelling. It seems that there is still some way for them to go in reaching the heights of other countries in the Eastern Block like Romania.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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