SXSW FILM 2015
By Don Simpson | March 23, 2015
Director: Yvonne Kerékgyártó
Writer: Yvonne Kerékgyártó
Starring: Luca Pusztai, Ágnes Barta, Péter Sándor, Róbert Kardos, Ádám Kovács, Barnabás Janka, Tibor Szolár, Anna Nemes, Katica Nagy
Writer-director Yvonne Kerékgyártó’s Free Entry epitomizes how music can be so intrinsically intertwined with one’s coming of age. For Betty (Luca Pusztai), secretly attending the Sziget Festival with her best friend V (Ágnes Barta) represents her first taste of freedom from adult supervision. V is obviously the more “mature” of the two young teens, at least in the ways of boys and drugs, while Betty is significantly more bookish and timid; so whereas this weekend seems to be business as usual for V, it is an entirely new experience for Betty.
Like most 16-year-old girls, Betty and V have their fair share of disagreements. As certain scenarios, fueled by their youthful naiveté and ill-preparedness, begin to tear their friendship apart, they both realize how frightening it can be to go through this phase of their lives alone. Conveyed from a strikingly authentic female vantage point, Free Entry captures the subtleties of Betty and V’s uniquely codependent bond; all the while, Kerékgyártó’s naturalistically profound relationship study is cleverly wrapped within the vibrant energy and intoxicating imagery of the Budapest-set music festival.