Love Film

Jancsi and Kata were childhood friends who became lovers and were separated for the first time when Kata escaped from Hungary's restricting political structure to pursue a career in fashion design in Paris. Ten years after this separation, Jancsi takes on a journey to Paris to see Kata again. His mind occupied with childhood memories and images of Kata, Jancsi is in search of many answers. Is the Kata he will join in Paris still the Kata of his memories? Is she still in love with him despite many other men who have been in her life? How difficult will it be for him to erase his girlfriend whom he left in Hungary? No doubt Szabó does not leave us alone with these questions directly. Only at the end of the film we understand why Jancsi was so preoccupied when he left Hungary. The most important aspect of Love Film is Szabó's use of time with which he leads us into a gradual understanding of the couple's complex relationship. The travels between past, present and future that we embark on through our access into Jancsi's mind are so confusing that only at the end of the film we get a full picture of Jancsi's state of mind. Szabo shows such skill in playing time games using editing techniques that he accomplishes what is perhaps most difficult to achieve through a visual language, providing us with a microscope through which we have full access to Jancsi's mind. Thus, we experience the fervour and anxiety of love simultaneously. This is Szabó's least political film and it is very difficult to summarize it in one sentence. But we can easily say that it is a meditation about memory and imagination through the state of being in love. Nadir Öperli
Hungary
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1970

Director
István Szabó

Script
István Szabó

Cinematography
József Lorincz

Editing
György Sivó

Cast
Andras Balint
András Szamosfalvi
Edit Klemen
Judit Halász

Music
Janos Gonda

Festivals
8th Festival on Wheels
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