We Never Die

It's been suggested by the editor of the Budapest Daily News that one reason this 1993 Hungarian comedy, set during the 60s, was the most popular local movie ever released in Hungary is that “Hungarian audiences are tired of films that are forever digging up the policies and social issues of the past.” There's clearly no threat of that happening here. This is a jaunty account of a wooden-hanger salesman (played by director and cowriter Robert Koltai, his first feature) taking along his awkward teenage nephew on trips to various trade fairs and the racetrack, and cluing him in to the facts of life, sexual and otherwise. The uncle has been compared to a “life force” like Zorba the Greek and Auntie Mame, and if you love those characters I guess you'll enjoy this too; I was much more intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the character's ethnic background.

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