This film will be shown in Toronto on Saturday, May 5, 2018 

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D: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter | Hungary | 89 min

Marish’s hard life makes her appear much older than her 52 years, and her lined face and sad eyes speak volumes of the life she has endured. For more than 10 years, she has been kept as a slave in a home in a small Hungarian town. Her upper-class captor has abused her, starved her and exploited her as an unpaid housekeeper, and even forces her to work an outside job, only to claim Marish’s full paycheque as her own. Marish’s heart longs to reunite with her 18-year-old daughter, who ran away years ago, but she is too fearful to run away herself. As director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter strategically embeds herself within the home, she never reveals the identity of the captor, but meticulously documents Marish’s plight. Could Tuza-Ritter’s camera and the trust she builds with Marish change the course of events and give her the courage to finally escape? Heather Haynes

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