Without Air

2023 [HUNGARIAN]

Drama

3
IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 498 498

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Plot summary

In a small Hungarian town, Ana Bauch is a dedicated and liberal-minded literature teacher within the public system. Beloved by her students for her unorthodox and creative approach, she assigns Agnieszka Holland’s 1995 Total Eclipse, depicting the relationship between 19th-century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, so they can better understand Rimbaud’s poetry. When a conservative father interrupts his son Victor during the screening and hears of the assignment, he reports Ana to the school’s principal. Ana is accused of misconduct and spreading homosexual propaganda, and when the local media get wind of the brewing scandal, she faces even more scrutiny. In a system within which many have given up, Ana must decide to fight or to flee — perhaps to a restaurant job abroad.


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February 26, 2024 at 10:20 PM

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ListenToChris 7 / 10

How an oppressive regime takes hold

This is a really well worked film. The teacher at the centre of it is doing her job well, just the way she has for the last few years. But things have changed in the political environment, and things that used to be OK have been declared inappropriate.

The teacher thinks the change is regressive, and stands her ground, but soon loses the support of those around her, and those who stay in support find themselves being pressured in other ways.

To understand the film, it's useful to have some understanding of the political changes in Hungary and Romania at the time.

Overall it's well played out, and we strongly sympathised with the teacher in the central role. It's also a generic story looking at just one aspect of how an authoritarian regime works its restrictions into the society it seeks to control.

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Reviewed by chong_an 8 / 10

A timely warning about the perils of the teaching profession

In small-town Hungary, Ana is a beloved teacher of literature, who tends not to slavishly follow the official curriculum, but uses creative methods. In discussing the French poet Rimbaud, she assigns as optional homework the viewing of the film Total Eclipse (1995), which depicts Rimbaud in a homosexual relationship. While she has done that for many years without complaint, this time a conservative father happens upon his son watching the film on his computer, and he launches a complaint about the immoral material. A committee is formed to determine whether the film is age-appropriate.

Concerned with the school's upcoming 150th-anniversary celebrations, the school principal tries to sweep this under the carpet with a temporary reprimand. But Ana is standing on principle, and is worried about the implications of censorship, so she appeals. That brave and foolish move forces a bigger inquiry, which causes a bigger fuss.

I saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the director said it was inspired by a real incident. Written during the COVID lockdown and shot in 2021, this film has become very topical, as issues of banning the discussion of sexuality in even high schools has emerged in various locations outside Hungary.

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