Made at the end of the communist era in Hungary, Ildiko Enyedi’s surreal odyssey tracks the progress of female identity through the accelerating mechanical age of the early twentieth century. Boasting an extraordinary triple role for the excellent Dorothy Segda as identical twins Dora and Lili and their mother. Born on the day Edison invents the light bulb, Dora and Lili are separated in childhood and follow different paths to meet again on the Orient Express, one a pampered courtesan, the other a feminist anarchist. —Leeds International Film Festival
Ildikó Enyedi was born in Budapest in 1955. She studied at the University of Economics between 1975 and 1978 and from 1979 at the Academy of Theatre and Film Art Budapest. She graduated as a film director in 1984. From 1978 to 1984, she was a member of the fine arts group INDIGO. After making short feature films with the Béla Balázs Studio, she won the Caméra d’Or prize in Cannes for her first full-length feature film MY 20TH CENTURY. In 1991, she was awarded the Béla Balázs Award. —Shanghai International Film Festival
This film is so nice that saying anything critical about it makes you feel like a brute. It's the filmic equivalent of a 80% cocoa brownie, sold in a stylish little cardboard box, in a stylish little shop that looks like it's 1900, on a stylish little promenade with chic people pretending they are somewhere and sometime else. No-one wants to harm such a good brownie and such nice people.