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Best described as the Hungarian Waiting for Guffman, Szamba follows Otto Szamba Sr., the center of cultural activities in a small town near Budapest. He organizes festivals, a rowing squad, a choir, and, most importantly, a community theatre group, which all the children of the town embrace. All except Otto Jr., ashamed of his father's tendency to overact on stage and in real life. After some detours, though, Otto Jr. ends up a student of the Budapest Drama School. Along with the theme of generational differences, the conflict of communism vs. capitalism is predominant in this delightful, comic drama by Robert Koltai. In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Robert Koltai---Hungary---1996---100 mins.