Szamárköhögés (1987)

  |  Comedy, Drama

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The story of 10-year-old boy and his family against the backdrop of the bloody events of 1956, in Budapest. Children do not yet understand what is going on, but they're happy because the ... See full summary »


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15 January 2011 | mjneu59
| growing up in dysfunctional times
The first film from Hungary to examine the 1956 anti-communist uprising does so from a sober but not always serious point of view, through the eyes of a boisterous Budapest family swept up in the resulting turmoil. Most of the action is witnessed by ten-year old Tomi, who aside from everything else has to shoulder the extra burden of his own sexual awakening, next to which the Soviet invasion is only a happy excuse not to go to school. The film will likely be compared (somewhat unfairly) to John Boorman's more polished wartime coming-of-age comedy 'Hope and Glory', which it actually pre-dates by several years. It may lack a consistent narrative thread, but individual scenes are priceless, like the hair-raising moment when an afternoon joyride on a railroad handcart takes several children through a tense forest ambush. Altogether it's a timely, touching reminder of how, even in moments of total social chaos, human beings will always remain refreshingly, fallibly human.


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3 September 1987



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Budapest, Hungary

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