SOS LOVE (2007)

Romantic comedy in Hungarian language
“Hungary shows Hollywood how contempo romantic comedy is done…”

The Box office hit of the year in 2oo7 in Hungary
One of the Top 10 Hungarian Best Selling Movies Ever
China: „Golden Rooster” National Film Award for Best Foreign Film 2009

‘S.O.S Love!’ is a high-tech romance agency for men, operating in Budapest Hungary. Their unique approach to matchmaking leaves no client lonely or disappointed: the action-team- like love gurus provide the settings, accessories and „accidents” necessary for seduction.

They take their clients with their desired love interest all the way from the first meeting to the bedroom door. If necessary, they even dictate the lines to their clients through earpieces or jump in and play a role themselves to make the story believable. Needless to say, business is booming and though they keep their dealings top secret, they are the most sought-after company in the city. All this is about to change however, when the last- quarter’s threatening statistics show that they’re losing business for some mysterious reason. At the same time, when the director of the agency decides to take an unsuccessful operation into his own hands, he finds himself falling for the love interest of his client.
Writers – János Szurmai, Agnes Fernandes
S.O.S Love! Review in Variety Feb-09-2007

S.O.S. Love! - S.O.S. szerelem! (Hungary)

Hungary shows Hollywood how contempo romantic comedy is done in vet helmer Tamas Sas' fluffy relationship romp "S.O.S. Love!" Story of competing high-tech matchmakers who fall for one another is well-plotted, cleverly played fluff that preems domestically on Valentine's Day, reps a bold choice for fests looking to counterprogram and has solid remake potential.

While raising unrelentingly cute moppet Bogi (Boglarka Varga), single dad Peter (Sandor Csanyi, star of Magyar fave "Kontroll") also helms successful title company catering to dating-impaired men by feeding them suave lines through a hidden earphone system. When rich, clueless client Tomi (Ivan Fenyo) demands immediate results in inept pursuit of schoolteacher Veronika (Monika Ullmann), Peter, along with gal Friday Betti (Patricia Kovacs), plots an elaborate weekend getaway that runs off the rails when he tumbles for Veronika and she reveals a startling secret. A few needless subplots dissipate momentum, but final set piece is a crafty hoot. Csanyi channels Cary Grant via Jimmy Durante, Ullmann tempers her Hepburn foil with a dash of Debra Messing, and Fenyo (Csanyi's co-star in "Children of Glory") steals early scenes cleanly. Tech package is glossy.

camera (color), Martin Miklauzic;
editor, Klari Major;
music, Robert Gulya;
art director, Geza Kaszas.
Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week, Budapest, Feb. 2, 2007.
Running time: 101 MIN.