Gyertek El A Nevnapomra (1983)

Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Rather than build suspense in this drama about a murder and its subsequent cover-up, director Zoltan Fabri has curiously chosen to focus on the story of the actual crime as it occurred and then to show how an investigative reporter starts to discover the truth about what really happened. So the first segment of the film focuses on a corrupt government official who invites several guests over for dinner one night. In the midst of the festivities (much wine and meat are consumed), the daughter of one of the guests barges in with a boyfriend and declares that she is eloping with him. In response, her drunken father shoots the boyfriend in the head, though miraculously, he is not killed. In order to bury the incident far from the prying eyes of the masses, the host assumes responsibility for the shooting, explaining to the police that it was a mistake. When the female companion of the doctor who handled the wounded man hears about the case, she is suspicious and begins checking into it. As a consequence, she faces all sorts of harassment -- but is determined to follow through to the end. Since viewers already know what happened, the longer, second segment of the movie is partially redundant, drawing out or stretching the story past its inherent limits.

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accident, alcoholism, boyfriend, corruption, cover-up, daughter, dinner-party, elopement, government-official, investigation, journalism, murder, murder-attempt, police, reporter