Márta Mészáros

Binding Sentiments


Tragedy forces a woman to confront her true status after the death of her politician husband.

Image from Binding Sentiments

Hungary 1969
Dir Márta Mészáros
With Mari Törócsik, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits, Gáspár Jancsó
English subtitles

From the opening ‘Scope tracking shot across the airfield it’s clear that this is a film about observation. Kovács plays the fiancée sent to control her future mother-in-law, but whose moral compass ultimately subverts patriarchal intentions. Mészáros’ recurring themes exploring the generation gap and traditional family structures sit at the centre of this often humorous game of cat-and-mouse.