Márta Mészáros

Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls!

Szép lányok, ne sírjatok!

Looking for an independent life, young people focus on music to escape the surveillance of older generations and the state.

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Hungary 1970
Dir Márta Mészáros
With Jaroslava Schallerová, Márk Zala, Lajos Balázsovits, Péter Blaskó
English subtitles

Music drives this loose narrative of youth culture with a romance at its heart. Searching for their identity, a group of friends explore new ways to live, seeking independence from state and patriarchal family values. What happens when a young woman refuses to be defined by these? A strong sense of female agency drives the camera’s point of view and our gaze.