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Reviewed by JuguAbraham7 / 10

A tender tale of love between wife and husband, aided by three great performances and delicate editing

Love between husband and wife. A tender film. Terrible historical times in Hungary for people who were honest and had principles. Wonderful performances of the mother, son and most of all the daughter-in-law Luca (Mari Torocsik). Director Zoltan Fabri introduced Ms Torocsik to Hungarian cinema by giving her the main role in in "Merry Go-Round." Lili Darvas as the dementia-affected dying mother-in-law of Luca gives an elegant performance. Karoly Makk's contributions are the visuals and the delicate editing of dry leaves and the mirror images of the wet and desolate roads. A typical top-notch Hungarian film of the Seventies that saw the emergence of directors Fabri, Istvan Szabo and Sandor Sara. Deserved the Jury Prize at Cannes, losing out the top spot to Losey's "The Go-Between."

Reviewed by Gordon_Harker10 / 10

Probably all you need to know about the obscenity of totalitarian regimes

'Szerelem' is the story of the persistence of love between two people, one of whom is imprisoned under the post war communist regime in Hungary (in this case the Kadar regime, but all the phases of Soviet engendered Hungarian communism were much of a muchness in terms of the arbitrary and unaccountable injustices which were visited on decent people - although Rakosi is the one who I would most like to bring back from the dead for all of us to punch in the face eternally until the end of time).

The story is told very simply and with an extraordinary visual elegance. At first the viewer perhaps believes the relationship between the mother and Luca to be that of one of mother and daughter, but gradually it becomes clear that Luca is, in fact, the wife of political prisoner Janos, the favourite son of the dying mother, and has the objective of sustaining the life of her husband's mother with tales of his burgeoning prosperity in the US, in the (ultimately) forlorn hope that he will be released before she dies.

By minimising the appearance of the authorities to just that which is required by the narrative, Makk allows us to concentrate on the minute detail of love, loss and recovery. I found the eventual encounter of the couple to have been handled perfectly in its mix of the banal and the passionate.

This film is held in high regard by many, but especially those who suffered under communism, and rightly so. I almost deducted one point because I think the flashbacks could have been held a tad longer, but I think that would have been a bit churlish of me.

Reviewed by FilmCriticLalitRao10 / 10

Szerelem : One of the greatest films ever made in the history of world cinema.

"Szerelem"/'Love" is considered one of the best films ever made in the history of Hungarian cinema.Its theme as well as acting performances of its main actors are so captivating that it can easily be included in the list of greatest films ever made in the history of world cinema.There are remarkable acting performances by Lili Darvas,Mari Töröcsik and Iván Darvas.However,what makes Szerelem a very special film is its ability to capitalize on a bunch of lies which are woven in its scheme of narrative elements.The whole idea of director Karoly Makk and his screen writer Peter Bacso is to suggest how far can one go with lies.One has to be genuinely artistic for having one's lies accepted by others.They chose to take inspiration from a short story by famous Hungarian writer Tibor Déry who saw worst days under communist rule when ordinary people were imprisoned without the knowledge of their relatives about their well being.This film's title love has multiple connotations.Hence,it is for viewers to make their own judgments whether they take it as a love of a mother for her son who is not present in her midst or the love of a wife for her husband who is imprisoned.

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