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Another Way  [DVD]
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The clash of sexuality and politics provide the basis for this tragic love story set in Hungary, 1958. In the offices of magazine The Truth, two female journalists tentatively embark on a clandestine, highly-charged affair, knowing that they face the wrath of the Stalinist regime if discovered. A brave and significant portrait of the effect totalitarianism has on the most intimate aspects of life, this film cleverly undercuts the expectations aroused by its milieu.
"Imbued with real cinematic power, this film makes a solid and intelligent plea for tolerance in a repressive society" -- Channel 4 Film GuideSee all Product description
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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.
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.
Eva is attracted to Livia but the difficulties they have in consummating their feelings show the absolute power of people control the communist state required. Homosexuality was a definite no-no. There is a scene of the two women having a kiss on a park bench only to be disturbed by the police. They tell Livia that future such behaviour would get back to her husband. However, they collaborate on an article about a country co-op which, on the surface, seems to be working quite well but, as Eva finds out, it was forced by the state at a meeting in Budapest. The Chairman, a jolly,rollicking official,said that he was born to be Chairman but his fate lies not with the co-op but with the State. This truth is suppressed when Eva submits the article, cut by the Editor to conform to the party line and finally completely re-written by the local commissar. It is at this point that Eva leaves to return to the country to live with her mother.
The two women separate but Livia packs a bag and heads out to the country to meet Eva, having finally succumbed to her attraction. They spend a night together happily with love making and laughter. However, Livia returns to her brutish husband and tells him she is leaving. His angry response is that he shoots her whilst she's in the bath. This probably summed up the usual response of a totalitarian state when it seeks to repress dissidence. Eva visits Livia in hospital but is asked to leave. The tragic but inevitable end is sharp and brutal.
Karoly Makk, the director, said that gender issues were not his top priority when he filmed the novel on which the film is based ; what he showed was a picture of repression of non-conformist sexual relations and the results of state control of its citizens. Eva is feisty and alive ; she knows her own truth and remains true to herself. The film is a gem with excellent acting and dialogue. What we see is the surface of a brutal and corrupt society - they may dance at the Co-Op only because they are allowed to. It is probably true that there are still societies like this and that is what is so depressing.
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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