The Two of Them(Ök ketten)

  • Dir: Márta Mészáros

  • Hungary/France, 1977, Hungarian, 98mins, DCP

  • Cast: Marina Vlady, Lili Monori, Jan Nowicki, Vladimir Vysotsky

The formidable director takes a deep, multilayered gaze at female solidarity in this dramaturgically refined film, where two women of different ages and social classes find refuge and strength in their friendship. French actress Marina Vlady’s (2 or 3 Things I Know About Her) hostel director provides the elegantly calm counterpoint to Lili Monori’s simmering youthful rage. As she shelters the unruly mother struggling to escape from the tumultuous relationship with her alcoholic husband, she too has to grapple with the hidden distress behind her seemingly happy marriage. A first glimpse at the young, talented Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, who reincarnates as Mészáros’ alter ego in the ‘Diary Trilogy’.