Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Jutka (Erika Ozsda) was an innocent 15-year-old peasant when she and her friend Zsuzsa (Andrea Szendrei) left for the big city to get work in a textile factory and live independently. Their freedom quickly became more than they could handle when Zsuzsa found herself pregnant and did not tell her parents for fear of reprisals. Although Zsuzsa has the baby, she informs her family that the child is Jutka's. While this is going on, Jutka meets the very pleasant Peter (Denes Diczhazi). They go to the movies together and generally enjoy each other's company. Not everything is pleasant for Jutka in the sometimes hostile city, but she is fairly good at adapting to all sorts of circumstances -- and then she discovers that she too, is pregnant. At first she is willing to have the baby, but then one of Peter's friends, in a drunken haze, brutally rapes her -- and she is a changed woman. She appears before the intimidating, silent women of the Abortion Board to request to abort the baby -- and under the circumstances, believing the child to be the result of a rape, the formidable-looking board agrees. After all of these setbacks and tragedies, Jutka decides to take care of Zsuzsa's baby -- and perhaps that one positive move will start to set her life back on a normal course again. This film won the Camera d'Or prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.
abortion, city-life, freedom, friendship, innocence, loss-of-innocence, peasant, pregnancy, rape