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Budapest Hungarian Film Week
Best Director: Ferenc Grunwalsky
(1993, feature, 35mm, colour, 78 min.)
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"It's not true that privation and suffering makes you stronger: in a difficult situation we long a thousand times stronger for things that are beautiful and pure, and that uninstrumental desire turns us either into children or into rouges." This is how the protagonist, Pál Utrius, who is being drafted in 1914,begins his letter to his sister. Their incestuous love is fulfilled on their last night together before he has to leave. This is the first time he has seen a female body. This is the experience that says with him all along, this is what he escapes to from the absurdity of life in the military. At the barracks, Utrius, who is partly a teenager, partly an adult, first thinks that it is only a bad joke, and makes fun of the situation. But in the meantime the situation turns out to dead serious, as the World War breaks out. You have to kill or die yourself, and that is the end of all jokes. Utrius tries to resist and comes up with a teenager-like joke of having an operation in order to get away become "independent" . But unfortunately, after surgery his surgeon friend tells him that the operation wasn't succesful... He takes the news with a sardonic smile and asks his sister to visit him.