Director: Károly Makk Cast: Lili Darvas, Mari Töröcsik, Ivan Darvas

DVD (Wide Screen / B&W)


This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama takes place in the '50s. A woman's (Mari Torocsik) husband has been arrested by the Hungarian secret police and imprisoned as a dissident. The young wife lives with her mother-in-law (Lili Darvas), a sweet and magnetic woman, appears to believe that her son has emigrated to America. Unable to do anything about her husband's imprisonment, the daughter-in-law keeps the old woman's good cheer alive by concocting a series of letters from her husband, wherein he does incredible and wonderful things. The two of them share the older lady's memories of a gentler time. When the husband is finally released, his mother has already passed away, but the love he and his wife share is shown. The role of the mother-in-law was played, at the request of the director, by octogenarian Lili Darvas, the wife of the famous Hungarian playwright and novelist Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
UPC: 0736899057824
Original Release: 1971
Rating: NR
Source: Facets
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Facets Cine-notes collectible booklet; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love
1. Mother and Daughter-in-Law [15:07]
2. The Fake Letter [7:11]
3. Real Life Difficulties [15:41]
4. Will Janos Come? [11:25]
5. Pneumonia [15:35]
6. Janos Is Released [19:39]

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