This moving Hungarian film from 1982, deals with life behind the Iron Curtain, just after the 1956 uprising. It stars the always marvellous Polish actress, Grazyna Szapoloska, and Jadwiga Jankowska, also Polish. The country is occupied by Russian troops, and political repression is at its height. Two magazine journalists find themselves attracted to one another, the problem being that they are both female, and one is married to an Army officer. The story deals with how they manage their relationship of forbidden love, and deal with the intellectual repression in their working lives.
Set against the backdrop of censorship, and fear of exposure that could mean prison, or worse, this story is intelligent, as well as being tense and involving. In spite of the central theme, of impossible lesbian love, the sexual contact between the two female leads is always tastefully shown, and not intended to titillate, or shock the viewer. This is an important film, about meaningful issues, at a time when life in the East was very different.