From one of the world's foremost women directors, this deeply personal work portrays the impact of individuals upon history and of historical forces upon individual lives. Neither purely fictional nor entirely autobiographical, the film is a reflection on Meszaros' own experiences channelled via Juli, a young woman returning home to Budapest from the Soviet Union where her parents were exiled and had died. Scarred by the wounds of the past, she is repulsed to see the very same spectre of Stalinist oppression now rife in her homeland. Meszaros' film resonates with the spirit and the struggles of her past - a passionate yet critical study of personal and political awakening told in ruthlessly unsentimental fashion.
A personal history
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The rise of Stalinism as experienced by an orphan. Her self appointed guardian is actively pro-revolution. Her male mentors apparently anti-revolution. The plot is quite interesting. The portrayal of a slightly disturbed girl however is annoying, tedious and dull. Shot in black and white presumably to emphasise the historical setting of late 1940s. I suspect it is not contextually detailed enough for those who may wish to watch it for its political history, I wished to watch it as a drama. It was poor.