Love (Szerelem) (1973)
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A womanâ€™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 mindâ€™s eye. Quite a good watch.
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.
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