My 20th Century

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East European whimsy is usually heavy-going, especially when most of the women are played by the same actress, and this feminist frolic through the political and technological birth-pangs of the present century has all the poetry of a dodo on downers. At the exact moment that Edison unveils the electric light bulb in a New York park, twin sisters are born in Budapest. This arbitrary conjunction leads into a collage of very loosely related scenes (crammed with allusions to movies, pulp fiction, etc, etc) in which the sisters' lives diverge and faithfully reconverge via a trip on the Orient Express. Chic b/w photography and relentless 'cleverness' won this wearying charade the Best First Feature prize at Cannes.

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Screenwriter: Ildikó Enyedi
Cast: Dorothea Segda
Oleg Yankowski
Paulus Manker
Peter Andorai
Gábor Máté
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