Drama   Hungary

Diary for My Children, set in Budapest, Hungary during the reign of Stalin, follows the life of Juli, a young woman trying to navigate through the harsh realities of living under a totalitarian regime. The story takes place from 1947 to 1956, documenting Juli's personal growth and the profound impact that the political climate has on her life.

The film begins with Juli, a fourteen-year-old girl, moving to Budapest to live with her mother, a well-known Jewish actress. As the Communist Party consolidates its power in Hungary, Juli's mother becomes increasingly disillusioned with the new government's policies, resulting in her losing her job and facing persecution. In the midst of this turmoil, Juli finds solace in her diary, which becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and reflection.

Through her diary entries, Juli provides a poignant account of the political and social changes happening around her. As she grows older, she becomes more politically aware and actively participates in demonstrations against Stalinist oppression. Her involvement intensifies when she falls in love with a young activist named Laci, who is fighting for democracy and freedom.

Juli's journey becomes even more complicated when her mother is arrested and sent to a labor camp. This traumatic event strengthens Juli's resolve to fight for justice and freedom. She joins the resistance movement, risking her own safety to support the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a nationwide uprising against Soviet control. The revolution ultimately fails, resulting in the country being subdued by Soviet troops once again.

Throughout the narrative, Juli's diary becomes a powerful testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit under immense political pressure. The film captures the sacrifices, hardships, and personal growth of a young woman determined to secure a better future for herself and her country. Diary for My Children presents an emotional and gripping portrayal of life in Budapest under Stalin, highlighting the indomitable spirit of those who dared to dream of freedom during a time of great oppression.
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