Donauwalzer (1984)

Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |  
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In this dull melodrama, a young woman is rescued from a troubled Hungary in 1956, brought to Austria by the journalist who saved her, and then the two fall in love and marry. Before much time has passed, the journalist dies unexpectedly, and, with no viable alternative, his widow goes to live with her father-in-law and eventually becomes a high-school teacher. Meanwhile, the woman's first love back in Hungary had been arrested in the 1956 disturbances, and after 15 years he is released from prison. When he finds his way back to her again, the two try to renew their old romance, even taking a trip to Italy together -- but nothing turns out as they thought. An underpar script and uninspired acting in the two leads sap the dramatic potential of this story, making it difficult to sustain interest in the fortunes of the protagonists.

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death, journalism, love, marriage, rescue, romance, second-chance, teacher, widow/widower