Taking the final stanza of Sylvia Plath’s “Mad Girl’s Love Song” as its starting point, Lili Horvát’s second feature finds its mysterious love story in Budapest’s male-driven field of neurosurgery. Márta Vizy (played with magnetic aplomb by Natasa Stork) is a brilliant brain surgeon who returns to Hungary after spending some time in America and discovers that a doctor with whom she once shared a passionate affair claims never to have seen her before—and that her grip on reality might be compromised. Deftly pivoting between noir, romance, and cool realism, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is at once a clever reworking of genre tropes and an enigmatic meditation on the psychological unmooring of romantic yearning. A Greenwich Entertainment release.
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