Piroska is an overweight, alienated nurse who can’t resist cream-filled pastries. She works in the terminal ward of a hospital; her life is surrounded by death. One day she sets off to find her long-lost childhood friend. While tracing her recollections, she embarks on a paradox-filled voyage within her own memory and the memory of those she encounters.

Director's Statement

The film is an unusual, pedestrian/public transportation road movie, also offering a sort of cross-section of society as Piroska encounters entirely different lives and fates. From another perspective, it is an inner road movie, a story of development, showing the process through which Piroska comes to recognize herself, and simultaneously the manifold nature of reality and the subjectivity and relativity of memory. Piroska’s personality projects onto the film’s visual world. She is present in all shots, and gradually we find ourselves more and more inside her world: we start seeing with her eyes. Piroska’s inner world is showed through the abstraction of the film’s entire visuality – the combined effect of the set design, costumes and locations – creating a coherent color and compositional world, complemented by an artificially created auditory world.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ágnes Kocsis

Written by: Andrea Roberti, Ágnes Kocsis

Produced by: Ferenc Pusztai

Cinematography: Ádám Fillenz

Editing: Tamás Kollányi

Production Design: István Znamenák, Ákos Horváth

Cast: Daniël Bouquet, Nathalie Alonso Casale, Lia Pokorny, Izabella Hegyi, Urszula Antoniak

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2010