In Ferec Torok’s skilled drama, celebrations in a Hungarian hamlet are marred by spreading rumours of infidelity, drug addiction and betrayal This sombre, accomplished but somewhat heavy-handed work by writer-director Ferenc Torok unfolds on a single August day in the year of the title, only hours before the end of the second world war. Everyone in the small Hungarian village where the story takes place knows the fighting is practically over. It’s time to celebrate with a slap-up spread for the wedding of Arpad (Bence Tasnadi), the passive son of the local magistrate (Peter Rudolf), and fetching peasant lass Kisrozsi (Dóra Sztarenki). But this supposedly happy day is marred by secrets spreading through the hamlet like a dormant virus, including infidelities, drug addiction and horrific betrayals.
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