Picks and Pans Review: Angi Vera

updated 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

In this Hungarian movie a young woman struggles through the political and social upheaval that followed the Communist takeover in the late '40s, but the film is not as overtly political as it sounds. The human drama outweighs the propaganda. The title character, a young nurse well regarded by the Communists, is sent to a rural collective to be trained for a bigger, more important job in the new society. Along the way she learns some hard lessons. In one chilling and unforgettable scene, she must choose between her lover and the requirements of her career. Veronika Papp is superb as the heroine, projecting a combination of innocence and will to survive. As an older but by no means wiser revolutionary, veteran Hungarian actress Erzsi Pásztor gives a memorable performance. The softness of light and color is a perfect backdrop for the delicacy of director Pál Gábor's touch. No wonder the movie won a prize at Cannes last year. (Hungarian with English subtitles) (Not rated)

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