Don't Cry, Pretty Girls
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls! (1970)

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Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!

Márta Mészáros | Hungary | 1970 | Unclassified (15+)

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Márta Mészáros’ tale of an independent woman assessing her future doubles as a musical time capsule of the spirit of change sweeping Eastern Europe at the end of the 60s.

Having finished her shift at the factory where she works, Juli (the famed Jaroslava Schallerová, who also stars in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, which screens at this year’s MIFF) heads into the city with her fiancé, Savanyú (Márk Zala), and their friends to drink, flirt and listen to music. But Juli is ambivalent about her forthcoming wedding. When she meets the attractive and seductive cellist Géza (Lajos Balázsovits) at a concert at Budapest’s Park of Youth, she is tempted by the rebellious freedom he embodies and the possibility of a different, though not necessarily better, kind of life.

With its minimalist dialogue and maximalist soundtrack, Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! is firmly embedded in history. It embraces the rhythms of Hungarian pop music and of a society in flux, told through the travails of a woman carried along, like many Mészáros heroines, somewhat coolly by the beats of change. Juli’s youthful indecision and the film’s low-key conclusion are markers of the complexity that Mészáros grants the female experience.

A fascinating social portrait is to be found here, and a youthful vibrancy captured in every shot results in a colourful depiction of desire and change.


Format: DCP
Language: Hungarian, English
Duration: 84


84 mins


Unclassified (15+)


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