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.

I long for the day I will see

Zsuzsi and you again.

Like the squirrel in the tree

a pioneer is very happy

The song will not leave our lips

As we set up camp

the little fellow sings

They continue to sing

from dawn to dark

years fly past,

trees in the summer

Life is so beautiful here

joyous melody of this song

illustrates our wonderful life


What do you think?

- For me?

- Yes.

It's beautiful, Dad.

I was lucky

to find one in good condition.

Hurry up, I want to ride it.

Well then, help me.

You have to wait

until the paint dries.

How long will that take?

It will be ready when you

return from Budapest.

Do I have to go?

Such a beautiful city.

Don't you want to see

your grandmother?

Do I have to?

She hasn't seen you

for so long.

Good morning.

Hello, grandmother.

You look like your mother

did at your age.

Come in, come and eat cake.

We must hurry to get to Budapest

before dark.

She is adorable.

Good morning.

Open your eyes wide...

to see everything in Budapest.

The Chain Bridge,

the tunnel and come back quickly.

Goodbye, my little girl.

Look after my red bicycle.

Take care of her.

Good bye.

Good bye, Mom.

Goodbye, my angel.

Teri and Jeno are nice.


They love you like their own daughter.

That's why we couldn't tell them

the truth.

Did you see the beautiful red bike

my Dad gave me?

Yes, I saw, my darling.

You're big now.

You know that Teri and Jeno

are not your real parents.

They are waiting for you in America.

Do you want to see your sister?


Your parents have taken great pains

to get you out of Hungary.

Today, you go to America.

I'm going?

- Where?

- In America.

Can you imagine flying?

Yes, I'll fly like a bird.

Like a bird

into the arms of your mother


The girl is going to America?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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