“Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”: Hungarian Psycho Thriller?

Márta (Natasa Stork) a brilliant 40 year old neurosurgeon who leaves her practice in New Jersey to meet  Dr. János Drexler (Viktor Bódo) in Budapest returning to her home she never thought she would return to after some 20 years in the United States.

Did Márta actually meet Drexler at a medical convention in New Jersey or is this some obsessive fixation? Why did she quit her job as a leading neurosurgeon?

Márta was to meet Drexler at the Liberty Bridge in Budapest a month after their New Jersey medical convention but after flying to Budapest and going to the bridge at the appointed hour he is not at the bridge. Is the brilliant neurosurgeon suffering from some obsessive-compulsive disorder? There is no actual proof they met but Márta’s search of the convention shows Drexler was there. She confesses to an instantaneous connection to Drexler.

Márta is soon in a psychiatrist’s office relating her story instantly adding a psychological element to the story. Is she suffering from some metal illness that even highly educated neurosurgeons can fall prey to? Did she really have a conversation with Drexler at the convention or was it imaginary?

Well at least Drexler does exist but at their first meeting at the Budapest Medical Institute he claims no knowledge of her. Is Márta imagining the meeting and agreement to meet at the Liberty Bridge in Budapest?

As Márta rents an apartment in Budapest and settles into her new hospital job during a complicated neurosurgery Drexler shows up.

Despite Márta’s reflections to her Hungarian psychiatrist she ma be imagining everything Drexler shows up and eventually there is a torrid love scene. A result of a real Hungarian encounter or a mythical New Jersey meeting? I think the New Jersey meeting was real as Drexler admits to it but says he never took seriously the meeting on Liberty Bridge. But what is reality and fiction is becoming difficult to determine.

It so difficult to make a decision with this Hitchcockian inspired film. I watched it twice and the ending four times!

The film ends with Drexler looking for Márta at Liberty Bridge and she fails to show then switches to a scene with Drexler delivering an enormous speaker to Marta’s flat or is this imaginary?

A confusing film as it what is reality and imagination.

My take is that Márta is on track with reality and there was a meeting with Drexler and an agreement to meet at Liberty Bridge despite her meeting with a psychiatrist. Whether this was there any mutual intent to meet I will leave to your answer

However in a psycho-thriller I may be way out of bounds and that makes your interpretation of the movie precious.

Madness? Obsessive compulsive disorder? Reality with Drexler protecting his upstanding identity. Perhaps it is one over the other or a complicated selection of bits and pieces of what I have suggested.

As a viewer I feel this is in the Hitchcock tradition and like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear View Window” I am watching a thriller I can’t quite pin a finger on!

The film has been selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards,

You can see the trailer herehttp://www.filmswelike.com/films/preparations-to-be-together-for-an-unknown-period-of-time

The film is in Hungarian with English subtitles and stats with digital TIFF Bell Lightbox on January 22 and after that virtually throughout Canadian theatres including the Vancity theatre in Vancouver, the Subury Indie Cinema and the City Cinema in Charlottetown all on January 29th..

This Lili Horvát film is 92 minutes long and is in Hungarian with English or French subtitles.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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