Zsofi (Gasparfalvi Dorka) is a new student at school, and her experience is less than comfortable. The hall monitors hover over class authoritatively. The teacher barely stops to introduce Zsofi. And the teacher of Zsofi’s favorite subject, choir class, pulls her aside and tells her to mime the words instead of sing them.

Mindenki is shot crisp. The aesthetic yields a slightly golden twinge to the frame that is warm and inviting. The dolly that follows Zsofi through the hallways of the school in the opening shot is a beautiful introduction to the dramatic narrative, roping the viewer in with its slow movement and the gradual crescendo of the choir music that will become the emotional crux of the film.

Director Kristof Deak makes fine work of the subject matter and acting talent to weave a simple but effective tale of childhood.

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