Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, Gábor Nagy, Mariann Moór, József Székhelyi,
An early scene of women putting on makeup zeroes in on the theme of Riddance, one of Mészáros’s most biting examinations of unequal social constructs and facades. A young weaver in a textile mill falls for an upper-class college boy and, for a time, passes herself off as a student; soon she tells him the truth, but what do they tell his parents? And at what point does a lie end and integrity begin? This is one of Mészáros’s most documentary-like films, with poignant glimpses of women at work, at play, and—in one scene that stands out for its calm—finally alone and cleansed.