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Az alkimista és a szüz (1999)

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Credited cast:
Mariusz Bonaszewski ... Sziráky
Eszter Ónodi ... Eszténa
Norbert Növényi Norbert Növényi ... Maci
Danuta Szaflarska ... Grandma
Péter Haumann Péter Haumann ... Eszténa's father
Erika Bodnár Erika Bodnár ... Eszténa's mother
László Szabó ... Charlie Rosen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Júlia Baló Júlia Baló ... Screaming Woman
György Barkó György Barkó
Béla Barna Béla Barna
Lajos Basa Lajos Basa
Zoltán Bendiner Zoltán Bendiner
Róbert Boros Róbert Boros ... Gyurma
Lajos Dobák Lajos Dobák ... Aranymûves
György Fehér György Fehér


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Hungary | Poland | France



Release Date:

18 November 1999 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alchemist and the Virgin See more »


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$700,000 (estimated)
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A present-day alchemist meets an eccentric virgin...
18 August 2000 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

The film takes place in a fictive present-day Hungarian city (most of the scenes were filmed in Romania). University professor László Sziráki, a chemist, wants to make gold out of plastic - similarly to the alchemists of the old days - but hasn't been successful with it yet. He meets an eccentric young girl named Eszténa, who is still a virgin because she does not want to sleep with her 'boyfriend' (in fact, he is more a platonic friend and protector) Maci, a professional boxer. She immediately falls for Sziráki, but both have to go through a lot of adventures till Sziráki realizes that only Eszténa can help him to make gold - and till he realizes that love is the only thing that matters...

The film features great performances (especially by Polish actor Mariusz Bonaszewski as Sziráki and Eszter Ónódi as Eszténa), beautiful camerawork, appealing set and costume design, and an interesting (though a bit weird and sometimes hardly understandable) plot. It does have some extremely (and I think unnecessarily) brutal scenes but is nevertheless an entertaining and watchable film.

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