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Love (Szerelem) (1973)

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This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama takes place in the '50s. A woman's (Mari Torocsik) husband has been arrested by the Hungarian secret police and imprisoned as a dissident. The young wife lives with her mother-in-law (Lili Darvas), a sweet and magnetic woman, appears to believe that her son has emigrated to America. Unable to do anything about her husband's imprisonment, the daughter-in-law keeps the old woman's good cheer alive by concocting a series of letters from her husband, wherein he does incredible and wonderful things. The two of them share the older lady's memories of a gentler time. When the husband is finally released, his mother has already passed away, but the love he and his wife share is shown. The role of the mother-in-law was played, at the request of the director, by octogenarian Lili Darvas, the wife of the famous Hungarian playwright and novelist Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952). ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Love (Szerelem)

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Masterpiece.

Full Review… | December 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Love (Szerelem)

A woman’s husband is arrested for political reasons, and she endeavors to hide the fact from her mother-in-law. All the while, the government makes things more and more difficult for her. It has the austerity of a Bergman picture, but with light doses of humor. What really makes this unique is the use of quick flashes of memory and imagination, these momentary glimpses through the mind’s eye. Quite a good watch.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller
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The dissapointment for some with this film is that more doesn't happen, but the film (with a less than satisfying title) is a small but wonderfully textured story. A woman routinely visits her bedridden mother-in-law and both have to deal with their son who is a political prisoner. The mother is dying and the son isn't due back anytime soon. But without warning, he is released and unexpectedly comes home but is too late to see his mother again. The film doesn't make this a big dramatic moment. This scene of his return meshes with all the others. The beauty of the film is the simple conversations and the wonderful filmmaking that bring to life the mother's dreams and ideas. None of the ideas are specific or really add up to greater ideas, but wonderfully add detail to a day in the life of these characters. It's said the beauty of good literature is the texture of the characters and scenes. That can come in many ways. Szerelem finds another way to tell that equivalent on film.

Kevin Pearson
Kevin Pearson

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