The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018)



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In this timely narrative, a culturally biased citizenship exam promises to be the undoing of middle-aged African immigrant Wilson (first-time actor Cake-Baly, who brings breathtaking grace and nuance to the role). Wilson fled the civil war that killed his family and now works as a security guard in a Budapest supermarket, striving to become a full-fledged citizen of his new country. This touching humanist drama exposes the unwelcoming climate that greets many immigrants to Europe, as Wilson finds a sympathetic teacher and prospective lover in lonely abused wife Mari (Máhr). Coping with the daily needling of exclusion and racism, he makes the dangerous misstep of giving shelter to an illegal immigrant, a young pregnant Iranian. In Hungarian with English subtitles.


Critic Reviews for The Citizen (Az Allampolgar)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

An involving, stacked deck of a story plus strong acting and a mix of vital themes combine to make "The Citizen" a solid drama about immigration, nationalism and survival in an often unforgiving world.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a deeply moving examination of the current white-hot social issue of immigration, depicting the travails of an African refugee desperately trying to attain Hungarian citizenship.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A careful, compassionate and beautifully acted character drama with a social conscience.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Vranik's film couldn't be more timely in its moral inquiry, but it's timeless in form and technique, a melodrama tempered with a painstaking realism.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Examines immigration from a humanistic point of view.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A stunning lead performance and a plot that resonates with current U.S. anxieties despite its base in Budapest.

Oct 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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