You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fresh Air

"Fresh Air" measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who's more like her than either of them can imagine. This confident feature from 25-year-old helmer Agnes Kocsis is sure to be a strong draw for fests.

Cast:
With: Izabella Hegyi, Julia Nyako, Anita Turoczi, Zoltan Kiss, Miklos Nagy. (Hungarian, Italian dialogue)

A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, this confident feature from 25-year-old helmer Agnes Kocsis earned her the Sandor Simo prize for best first film and is sure to be a strong draw for fests, with specialized arthouse biz and tube sales also in the mix.

First seen gently fending off a suitor at the Lost and Found Hearts singles gathering, Viola (Julia Nyako) lives quietly with daughter Angela (Izabella Hegyi) in a tidy retro flat. Though they seldom talk to one another and are each possessed of nearly obsessive domestic behavioral patterns, they look forward to their weekly dose of a popular television program, which they watch together on the couch.

Leisurely yet precise narrative follows Angela’s ambitions to become a fashion designer with the help of pal Martina (Anita Turoczi). Her sort-of b.f., Emil (Zoltan Kiss), spouts physics equations but seems to like her. Later, Uncle Florian (Miklos Nagy) visits and asks Viola for money.

The interest of Kocsis and co-scripter Andrea Roberti is so clearly on the eccentric rituals of mother and daughter that the film itself becomes as absorbing as their regimented lives. Cast rises to the challenge, with Hegyi carrying bulk of pic as a most listless rebel.

Tech credits are quietly understated, with Adam Fillenz’s formal compositions offering a balanced gaze of the subdued action. Nina Simone’s 1961 studio recording of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is used to good effect. Oddly enough, for a film with such an evocative sense of place, there’s no prominent credit for either production designer or art director.

Fresh Air

Hungary

Production: A KMH Film, Szinhaz -- es Filmmuveszeti Egyetem production. Produced by Ferenc Pusztai. Directed by Agnes Kocsis. Screenplay, Andrea Roberti, Kocsis.

Crew: Camera (color), Adam Fillenz; editor, Tamas Kollanyi; music, Balint Kovacs; costume designer, Fanni Halmi; sound (Dolby Digital), Attila Madaras. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week (competing), Budapest, Feb. 6, 2006. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: With: Izabella Hegyi, Julia Nyako, Anita Turoczi, Zoltan Kiss, Miklos Nagy. (Hungarian, Italian dialogue)

More Film

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Directors Guild Begins Disciplinary Process Against Harvey Weinstein

    A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, […]

  • Josh Brolin'Only the Brave' film screening,

    Josh Brolin Mourns 'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman's Death: It Was an 'Absolute Freak Accident'

    A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, […]

  • 'Surviving Peace' Review: Does Israel Truly

    Film Review: 'Surviving Peace'

    A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of 'Geostorm'

    A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, […]

  • Wong Kar-wai Gets Lumière, Talks Influences,

    Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’

    A deep breath of Kaurismakian deadpan, “Fresh Air” measures the deceptively wide emotional chasm between a neat-freak workaholic who cleans subway toilets and her quietly defiant daughter with ambitions to design clothing who’s more like her than either of them can imagine. Certainly the quietest major pic on display at the 37th Hungarian Film Week, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content