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Pleasant Days (2002)

Szép napok (original title)
Peter returned from prison in his native city, in the hope that it will begin happy days. With surprise he learns that his sister became a foster mother to the newborn boy, but a real ... See full summary »

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Kornél Mundruczó
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tamás Polgár Tamás Polgár ... Péter
Orsolya Tóth ... Maja (as Tóth Orsi)
Kata Wéber ... Marika
Lajos Ottó Horváth Lajos Ottó Horváth ... János
András Réthelyi András Réthelyi ... Ákos
Károly Kuna Károly Kuna ... Józsi
Anna Szandtner Anna Szandtner ... Claudia
Kolos Oroszi Kolos Oroszi ... Krisztián
Claudia Tilly Claudia Tilly ... Manzi
Erika Molnár Erika Molnár ... Patyi néni
Balázs Dévai Balázs Dévai ... Önkormányzati férfi
István Tímár István Tímár ... Pap
Magdolna Kovács Magdolna Kovács ... János felesége
Bálint Kósa Bálint Kósa ... János gyereke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margit Balák Margit Balák
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Storyline

Peter returned from prison in his native city, in the hope that it will begin happy days. With surprise he learns that his sister became a foster mother to the newborn boy, but a real mother of the child - extravagant and slutty Maya wants to take it back. Peter falls in love with Maya. He's torn between his girlfriend and trying to manipulate sister. But he has to make a choice, and the happiness was so close, melt into thin air. Written by Dikshu

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

6 March 2003 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Pleasant Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaposvár, Hungary

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$4,632
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1.85 : 1
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Nothing pleasant about his film.
28 March 2005 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

I don't know why the English title is "Pleasant Days". Is it tongue in cheek?

The film seems incomplete. It has the feeling of being put together in a desperate hurry. There are some interesting scenes well photographed but they don't go any where and you are left wondering why indeed they were included. The story line is pretty weak. It's really a disjointed study of Peter an ex-jail bird and his unstable relationship with others. He smokes like a chimney which is understandable because his future is so insecure. His only real pleasure in life is sex.

But the actor who plays the lead role does have a certain charisma which rises above his miserable existence. There are a few light-hearted scenes but one in particular I remember is his "bath time" scene when he jumps into a washing machine for a thorough cleansing. I have to admit I was on tenter-hooks believing that someone might inadvertently switch on the machine!. There are frequent sexual episodes and constant reference to genital parts which are written into the script either to shock or to suggest that the characters have sex constantly on their minds.

I watched the film to the end but remained in a state of complete hopelessness for the characters and as for Krisztian the baby around whom much of the action revolved I could see no future in life for this little Hungarian.


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