Gábor Herendi • Hungary • 2017 • 121 min
Hungarian with English subtitles
Dashing ne’er-do-well Ernő Blaskovich has lost everything in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1848-49, including his father and all his properties. He lives a dissipated bohemian life, until a chance of redemption appears in the form of Kincsem, the miraculous horse who wins every single race across Europe. Fate offers a shot at revenge for Blaskovich, allowing him the opportunity to beat his nemesis and murderer of his father, fellow horse owner Baron von Oettingen, by racing Kincsem against the Baron’s horses. Their rivalry takes an unexpected turn, however, when Blaskovich falls for von Oettingen’s daughter, Klara. He has to decide: will it be love or revenge? A box office sensation in Hungary, Herendi’s period melodrama is a supremely entertaining, visually sumptuous recreation of 19th century Hungary.
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