“If it were black and white and in Hungarian, you’d think it was a masterpiece,” she said
The milieu was lower-middle class Manchester (or some such industrial wasteland.) The cause of the central estrangement in the boy-meets-, -loses-, -wins back-girl plot was “the boy’s” fanatic attachment to a local football team. Hmmmm.
After watching for a few minutes I realized that La Sanseverina was correct. If the movie – same plot, same characters, same dialogue – had been had been black and white, set in Budapest, and with English subtitles, I would have seen it as a serious effort in Eastern Europe proletarian cinema.
What a snob!