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Interesting look at life in Communist Hungary in the 1950s.
Indeed avant-garde in terms of the standard of the 1980s, not only its sexuality and eroticism, but also the anti-Communist sentiments. It's inconceivable that this film could have been made in the Communist Hungary! The brief introduction of Imre Nagy and the emphasis of 1956 provide an authentic overview of the life and death of the brave Hungary dissidents.
ok, it was vaguely interesting as a history lesson of sorts. and even more so if this was autobiographical or even semi-autobiographical.
but an easy to like film it was not, and i must say the eva character was just really, really dislikable.
"Another Way" starts with Livia(Grazyna Szapolowska) recovering from serious injuries in a hospital in Hungary in 1958. Her wounds are more than just physical, as she also mourns the loss of her friend Eva(Jadwiga Jankowska) while Livia's husband Donci(Peter Andorai) is in jail. Livia first met Eva when she came to work at a journal in Budapest, despite her political past. With a stable job, her friend and former lover Magda(Judit Pogany) pays her a visit.
How in the name of Lenin did this movie get made in Hungary with the Communists in power? I am not talking about the eroticism or its sensitive take on a sapphic romance.(Compare this to the awkward "Personal Best" which was made around the same time.) No, as the director says in an interview on the DVD, gender really does not matter in this relationship which goes to show the lack of privacy in Communist Hungary where everybody is watching, informers are rampant and police interfere in personal lives. That leaves the only interesting conversations to be had in corridors, not in conference rooms where the decisions are made.
I love Grazyna Szapolowska´s gestures, the way she touches each object and herself (her face specially), as being able to hold every feeling and thought in her hands.
Two newspaper reporters embark on a lesbian affair within the highly repressive Communist regime in 50s Hungary. As expected from Makk this is in no way sensationalist or risque, in fact there are no particularly titillating scenes (although there are some tits). The highly charged love affair is told maturely, if at a slightly too slow pace right through to the inevitably dramatic outcome. If Jankowska is slightly one dimensional as the scrawny, subversive Eva the stunning Szapolowska is great as Livia, a woman torn between her rising sexual desires and the pressures of conforming to traditional and political values.
Is cool 'cause mixes the political side with the sexual repression, is a sad ending 'cause Eva dies and is like to kill hope, at least to me.
Really nothing new here but interesting to see foreign subjects and styles.
Film audacieux jadis mais qui a terriblement mal vieilli !
Souvent Makk m'ennuie
excellence if ever I saw it