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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Hidden Hungarian Gem, 7 Dec 2005
This review is from: Another Way [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Another Way is another fascinating release by a new DVD company, Second Run, who seem to be specialising in almost-forgotten Eastern European cinema. Like another recent re-release, Love (Szerelem), this is a Hungarian film by auteur Karoly Makk, and is a drama set in the late 1950s, but filmed much later (this time, 1982). As such, it makes an obvious companion piece to Love (1971), with which it shares a wonderfully poetic visual style.
The film follows a doomed affair between two female journalists, but as the director himself admits in another in-depth interview (one of the extra features), Makk is less interested in sexuality, and more concerned with humanity in general, and with showing the difficulties of living in an opressive communist regime. It's a pessimistic film, but also a very satisfying artistic experience, and, for some reason, the images which begin and end it have stayed strongly in my mind.
One for anyone who enjoys exploring cinema from off the beaten track - and if you have enjoyed Love then it's a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dissident sexuality, 13 Sep 2009
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technoguy "jack" (Rugby) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Another Way [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Shot in 1982, Another Way, is set in late 50s Hungary, where the repression on political expression is symbolized by the lesbian love between two femalereporters,Eva and Livia(a married women).State totalitarianism invades personal feelings, and lesbianism is shown as a form of dissidence.There is no special pleading on behalf of lesbianism or gender issues,nor is it filmed in a way to give a detailed examination of lesbian practises.The film looked back at 1956's upheavals and the consequences of them.Eva is as headstrong in her writing as she is in lo(comfortable in her lesbianism) she writes an uncompromising report of state brutality used to force the farmers to found the collective.The piece is too radical even for her supportive editor,and he makes changes,Eva resigns in protest. When the couple discuss lesbianism they use lexical evasions,so dissident literature likewise, to express forbidden points of view.Livia is torn between a desire for illicit love and a 'normal' family life.This is a metaphor for the vulnerability of human identity in restrictive external circumstances.Makk's condemnation of
social repression of sexuality is equal to that directed at state oppression of dissidence.A sensitive portrayal of lesbian love and social coercion on individual identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story of forbidden love., 24 April 2013
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Mr. P. Johnson "Pete Johnson" (Norfolk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Another Way [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film about love and oppression in 50s Hungary, 24 Mar 2013
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This caused quite a stir when it came out, as Hungary was still run by a communist government, the heirs of the regime that is sent up so brutally in this film. In the end it is the story about the girls' relationship - illicit, misunderstood, deep, doubt-ridden and dangerous - that grips you totally. But it will leave you knowing a lot more about how half of Europe's population struggled with emotional as well as political freedom for the forty years of the Cold War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever, 17 Mar 2013
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This film hasn't dated at all and remains as brilliant as ever with towering performances from the two leads and intelligent supporting performances. Direction is sublime and the political implications as sharp as ever.
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