People Staff
June 04, 1979 12:00 PM

Hungary’s pioneering female director Márta Mészáros created interest at the 1977 New York Film Festival with a work called Women. This movie, the story of a strange relationship between an emigré writer and a village girl, is even better. The writer, superbly acted by Jan Nowicki (the alcoholic husband in Women), can’t seem to readjust to his native country after several years in the U.S. Returning to his village, he tries to buy a dog from a little girl (Zsuzsa Czinkóczy). When she won’t sell, he bribes her mother—but the girl follows him back to Budapest in search of her puppy. The direction, cinematography (by Lajos Koltai) and editing are breathtaking, and the scenes at harvest time rival Days of Heaven. In Hungarian, with English subtitles. (Not rated)

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