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Pleasant Days

We realize the title is ironic when in the opening scene a woman gives birth on a laundry floor, then sells her baby without batting an eyelash. Peter, who's just been released from prison, moves in with his sister, who owns the laundry and now the baby, then proceeds to get involved with the new mother and her shady married boyfriend—a triangle that's starkly devoid of love and soon spirals into hate. Kornel Mundruczo's heavily improvised, dangerously unromantic portrait of eastern European young adulthood puts these angry characters—who seem able to communicate only through sex or violence—in an environment drained of hope, and viewers are left feeling that they've been dragged through something sordid. With Tamas Polgar, Orsolya Toth, and Kata Weber. In Hungarian with subtitles. 100 min.

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