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The Citizen(Az állampolgár)

Wilson is a political refugee from Guinea-Bissau who lost his family due to violent conflict. In Budapest, WIlson works as a security guard, attempting to pass the difficult Hungarian citizenship. One day, he is introduced to Mari, who helps him study and successfully pass his exam. Wilson finds himself falling for Mari, despite vocal opposition from her family.
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Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

Vranik’s film couldn’t be more timely in its moral inquiry, but it’s timeless in form and technique, a melodrama tempered with a painstaking realism.
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Film Journal International by Chris Barsanti

Deliberately paced but shot with a quiet magnetism and close-in immediacy,The Citizen benefits in comparison to other immigrant dramas because even though this is a story suffused with empathy, it doesn’t center on either a good deed being done by a white Westerner for a helpless dark-skinned foreigner or that foreigner’s two-dimensional pluck.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Beautifully acted by its ensemble of mostly non-professional actors, The Citizen puts a very human face on a topic that has inflamed much of the Western world.
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Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

An involving, stacked deck of a story plus strong acting and a mix of vital themes combine to make The Citizen a solid drama about immigration, nationalism and survival in an often unforgiving world.
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The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

The film, directed by Roland Vranik from a script by Mr. Vranik and Ivan Szabo, is a careful, compassionate and beautifully acted character drama with a social conscience.

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