Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The post-communist era in Hungary, as in so many countries, has been fraught with paradoxes. The increase in many freedoms has been accompanied by the impoverishment of many segments of society, and the sudden access to wealth by a very few, particularly hoodlums and criminals. This slice-of-life drama focuses on the denizens who hang out in the vicinity of a particular pub: it appears that the only prosperous ones there are out-and-out criminals. Everybody else is just scratching by. The pain of this new poverty is aggravated by the new freedom in television advertising, which promotes trips to the Bahamas and other things which are out of reach of the majority of viewers. Despite the grim tone, this film was popular in its native Hungary.