Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This apparently autobiographical drama focuses on the harrowing plight of a couple suffering from forced relocation by the Stalinist Soviet regime in Hungary during the early 1950s. Relocation was used as a form of punishment for people accused by the Communist regime of various crimes. In this story, a man, his pregnant wife and their two young children are plucked from their Budapest apartment and sent to live in an abandoned farmhouse in a remote agricultural region. The man has to struggle to provide for his family while encountering suspicious neighbors and harassment from the local police. In one gripping sequence, he's arrested for no reason, and his wife is forced to give birth with only her two young sons to assist her. First-time director Ferenc Teglasy also wrote the screenplay and dedicates the film to his parents, whose experiences are presumably the basis for the story.