Eszterkonyv (1990)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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For a while after the discovery and publishing of Anne Frank's moving diary, it appeared that another Anne had also written a diary detailing her experiences in hiding from the Nazis. Instead, Anna Herman's diary, which briefly attained some reknown, was proved to have been written by her guilt-ridden mother Esther (Eszter Nagy Kalozy) in order to atone for her having abandoned her family in order to escape to freedom with her second husband. This film follows Esther from her realization that her daughter is dead, through her punishing guilt, to the writing of the diary. Alas, this only staves off, but does not prevent, her final act of penance.