The Porcelain Doll | Chicago Reader

The Porcelain Doll

Hungarian writer-director Peter Gardos cites Borges and Garcia Marquez as major influences, and his wistful, whimsical 2005 feature is steeped in magic realism. Its three stories take place in a small farming village: in the first and best an amiable teenager wins a series of athletic events against some soldiers but is shot to death by their irate commander; in the second a state party member claims he can resurrect several long-dead children; and in the third an elderly husband and wife, threatened with deportation, literally fade into a wheat field. Gardos's depiction of miracles trumping interlopers in the first and last story is both poignant and inspiring. In Hungarian with subtitles. 75 min.

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