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Prize of Survival
(A túlélés ára)
(1990, feature, black/white, 100 min.)
Director of photography:
Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
Budapest Film Studio
Mrs István András
It all happens in a village near Budapest with György Dám a carpenter in his fifties, who has more and more trouble solving life’s tougher and tougher problems. His fate has always been determined by work and struggle. At the moment he does his work with such enthusiasm that he is late even for his son’s wedding. After finishing work he hurries home to go on building the young ones’ house. Money is very thing, the interest rates on his loans are increasing fast and in the evenings his wife and his daughter-in-law keep telling him that he’s a clumsy, helpless weakling who cannot carry out anything, at least not in the way the neighbours do. We can hear the often raised question: ‘Why don’t you start your own business?’ but what is a man to do who has never accomplished anything, who is only diligent but isn’t skilled enough, who has no capital at all to invest? György Dám works hard to finish building his son’s house by the time the baby arrives. He takes part-time jobs, sells himself on the square like a slave, transports sweaters to the far-away communist markets. He is regularly taken in and humiliated, once is beaten up but he takes it all without a word. On the other hand the rest of the family also work hard: women carve ‘puppets’ for some extra money. In the struggle for survival the family falls apart, human relationships deteriorate. Nobody has a kind word for the other. What’s the world coming to?