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Picks and Pans Review: Rain and Shine

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Hungarian critics named this their country’s best movie of 1977, and it’s easy to see why: It informs and delights where other films might preach. First-time director Ferenc András tells the story of a country family that entertains a city relative and her uptight bureaucratic boss on an important feast day. Slowly the boss reveals himself as a vacuous boor, totally lacking in the simple humanity of his hosts. Some of the sumptuous food scenes will put the French cinema to shame; and the actors, especially Imre Sarlai as the rural grandfather and Erzsi Pásztor as his long-suffering daughter-in-law, are wonderful. Amidst the goulash that passes for entertainment on the big screen these days, this is a gourmet treat. (In Hungarian with English subtitles) (Not rated)