Just Drop Dead! | Chicago Reader

Just Drop Dead!

As source material, the communist era is a gold mine for national cinemas of the former Soviet bloc, and this Hungarian caper movie offers a light interpretation of those dark years. A childless, middle-aged widow (Adél Kováts) tracks down the bimbo mistress (Eszter Ónodi) of her recently deceased husband and meets their surly teenage daughter (Virág Alma Pájer). The mutual antipathy is instantaneous, but the three women soon become allies when they're targeted by the dead man's hitherto unknown criminal associates, intent on reclaiming valuables he stole. As the bewildered widow unravels her spouse's past, she's haunted by memories of totalitarianism and her zealous apparatchik mother-in-law, and faces her own possible complicity in her husband's undoing. This was the final film of writer-director Zoltan Kamondi, who died a few months before its 2016 release. In Hungarian with subtitles.

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