A Tanitvanyok (1985)

Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Vacillating between characters who are real individuals or characters who symbolize archetypes, first-time director Geza Beremenyi has fashioned a patently obvious message film about the dangers of big agrarian business not only wiping out the small farmers, but damaging agriculture itself. The setting is the 1930s, and Professor Magyary (Kornet Gelley) is in the process of researching the problems endemic to Hungarian farmers when he gets a new student, Josef Feher (Karoly Eperjes) from the peasant class. Their work shows that one of the more urgent conditions that need to be fixed soon is the concentration of large land areas in the hands of just a few people. This simple statement is meant to be the key to start changing everything for the better, but the professor and his student have not considered all the components of the problem when it comes to actually implementing a solution.