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Explanation For Everything

Directed by Gábor Reisz
Hungary, Slovakia
152 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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In this clever satire about the culture wars, a Hungarian student is embroiled in a national scandal when he fails his exams, accidentally becoming a figurehead for the right.
On the brink of his final high school exams, Abel is struggling to focus. His loving parents are supportive but also pressure him to perform well. But Abel is hopelessly in love with his best friend, the studious Janka, and incapable of concentrating. When he freezes during the oral component of the history exam, a Hungarian nationality pin he’s absent-mindedly wearing sets off an absurd series of events that come to obsess a nation. Director Gábor Reisz, in expressing deep concern for his bitterly divided country, depicts a scenario that plausibly and frighteningly could take place in many countries in the world.
It’s not hard to see where the filmmakers’ sympathies lie for the most part, but the attempt to try and understand the points of view of people quite unlike themselves is both effective and commendable
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
This film can be a joy to watch on a technical level – as fresh as the generation bubbling up whose classrooms are the setting for this humming drama
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
Program Strand
Original Title
Unclassified 15+
Hungary, Slovakia
In Hungarian with English subtitles
Gábor Reisz
Júlia Berkes
Gáspár Adonyi-Walsh, István Znamenák, András Rusznák
Gábor Reisz, Éva Schulze
Kristóf Becsey
Vanda Gorácz, Gábor Reisz
Australian Premiere
Politics & Economics, Comedies, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Films Boutique
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