An American Rhapsody

Synopsis: In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive communist country for the USA with their eldest daughter Maria, but are forced to leave behind their infant daughter Suzanne who is raised by kindly foster couple. 6 years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles where the perplexed youth is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country which leads to a troubled growing up. At age 15, the rebelious and unsure-of-herself Suzanne tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary to find her true idenity.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Éva Gárdos
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
106 min


Let's go.


I love you.

- Don't worry.

- Promise me.

Oh, Mom.

Come, my girl.

- How will I find the guide?

- He will find you.

- What about Suzanne?

- Margit, you know the plan.

In a few days you will

all be in Vienna.

What a wonderful friend you are,


See you soon.

- I have things to finish here.

- I know. But you'll join us soon.

We will start another publishing house

in America.

One which they can't take away

from us.

I will miss you.

Be careful.

Let's go.

I will get you over the border

if you do as I say.

Do you have the money?

I said no children!

You said no babies.

Maria is nearly five.

The guards are armed.

Kids are too noisy.

Listen, we have a deal.

We can't turn back now.

This is all we have.

- Today.

- Very pretty.

The train is full of soldiers.

If something goes wrong...

we do not know each other.

You are a peasant family

returning from the market.

No farmer would have such a fancy watch.

Hurry up, get changed!

Come on, hurry up!

Are you hungry?

Mom! Mom!

That's my Dad's watch!

Well, can we go?

New parents?


You'll soon be with your Mom.

She is a good child.

I don't mind the bad ones either.

I'll just give her some sleeping

pills before the border.

Then I'll put her in a bag

and close it tightly.

You can't hear a thing.

Good bye.

Wait, please!


- What are you doing?

- Give me the baby!

Give it to me!

You'll never get another chance!

- What have I done?

- What happened?

She was going to be drugged and

crammed into a potato bag.

The old woman would have just left her

at the slightest sign of danger.

We would never have seen Suzanne again.

Oh my God.

I could not let go.

Margaret is waiting.

Listen carefully.

The police will soon come.

They can't find her.

We have to hide her.

My mother lives in the countryside.

She found someone trustworthy.

And let my granddaughter

live with strangers? Never.

She must leave Budapest

before it is too late.

And you should do the same.

Let's go! Be careful!


- The child will be used against them.

- Margit and Peter are coming back.

No. They would be imprisoned.

I'm going to my mother.

- Send this to Margit.

- Yes. Let's go. Hurry.

Go, quickly, and take the baby.

I'm coming.

Tell me who helped them escape

and you can stay in Budapest.

I don't know.

In that case,

I can't help you.

Prison will be an interesting experience

for a rich woman like you.

Property of the Hungarian People's Republic

She is already an American.

Zsuzsi! Come on.

Another nightmare.

You do know that...

one day she will leave us.

One day.

Until then, she's my child.

Dear Mom...

I pray every day...

for you to stay strong

and healthy.

I miss you so much.

I love you. Margit.

This is a good one.

We are hungry!

We want to eat!

We will not stop

until we are served.

- Bon appetit.

- Thank you.

This was my mother's.

Happy birthday!

Thank you, Dad.

Hello everyone.

Good morning.

Look, Uncle Gyuri is there.

For the lady.

Your parents sent it from America.

Happy birthday!

Time passes so quickly.

Soon she will be in school.

You should tell her the truth.

Why? She won't understand.

She has the right to know.

The glue should be mixed thoroughly.

Who's the lady?

The Statue of Liberty.

Where is she?

Pay attention to the glue.

In America,

on the other side of the ocean.

The doll Uncle Gyuri brought you...

came from the father and mother

who live there.

Dear Mom,

I hope this letter finds you

in good health.

We read about the death of Stalin

in the newspaper.

Reforms are coming.

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