This is such a genuine film of crying, laughing, nostalgia. It was a huge success. There is no doubt this was in large part thanks to the music. Róbert Koltai's film We Never Die is inseparable from László Dés's theme song, Nagy utazás (Big Trip): whenever you hear the song, the film always springs to mind. We Never Die is part coming-of-age story, part con-man tale, sprinkled with a whole lot of love. The film was the beginning of Róbert Koltai's directing career and a run of success that would last more than a decade.
But why do we love the main character, Uncle Gyuszi? The answer is simple: he is played by Róbert Koltai himself, who in addition to his work as a director was also a bonafide acting star of the 1980s and 1990s, often in comic roles. There is also another, slightly more complicated explanation. Uncle Gyuszi is a horse-racing-addicted skirt chaser who owes something to everyone. And despite his constant boasting, you could hardly describe his life as a roaring success. He sells coat hangers... in country towns and villages, peddling his sophisticated products from door to door. His rhyming puns are risible, his life goals don't stretch beyond the end of the day, he lies, and sometimes he violates the limits of the law. So why do his victims let him trick them? It's simple: they aren't actually victims. Uncle Gyuszi makes their lives better. He touches them, he embraces. He provides a service of human warmth in a world of gloom. And they reward this service, this care and attention, in their own special way: with food, drink, loans, hugs, prayers. With whatever they can. He is closest to his nephew, Imi. We bear witness to Gyuszi's final mission, where he initiates the pampered, sheltered teenager into the world of adulthood. In the meantime, Uncle Gyuszi becomes our hero: because he is capable of resolving unsolvable situations - in his own special way. And while we tactfully avert our gaze to avoid seeing his catalogue of errors, he is a protagonist capable of navigating his tiny dinghy with incredible dexterity through the tempestuous seas of life. That's it.
In Hungarian, without subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screening will be conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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