Márta Mészáros


Szabad lélegzet

A thoughtful, observational drama about a young woman’s fight to retain her integrity despite falling in love.

Image from Riddance

Hungary 1973
Dir Márta Mészáros
With Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, Gábor Nagy, Mariann Moór, Ferenc Kállai
Digital 4K
English subtitles

Jutka is an independent young textile worker – free, but mindful of social prejudice. When she falls in love with a university student she faces a test of honesty. Informed by her experiences researching a documentary, Mészáros examines youthful identity and integrity. The beautifully observational camerawork from Lajos Koltai is often in close-up, but never with judgement.

Also available on BFI Player

The screening on Sat 10 Jul will feature a pre-recorded extended intro by Márta Mészáros