A widowed working woman in her early forties would like to escape the emptiness that surrounds her by having a child with her married lover, to whom she is attached only as a matter of habit. Spiritually, the man is not involved in this relationship, he is confused, but Kata faces up to her own emotional vulnerability. One day, a girl who has run away from a home seeks shelter with her. Anna’s desperate want of a mother and love shocks Kata into the realization that she has to change her life. She helps the girl leave the institute and marry the boy she loves. Kata then adopts an infant from the institute. “Adoption” won the Golden Bear for the best film at Berlinale.
«The Hungarian director, a woman, has come up, not with a drama but with a low-key, reticent everyday story that is full of tenderness and hope. […] Kati Berek makes her mark as a sort of Budapest Annie Girardot: Quiet, strong, and true.»
(«Berliner Morgenpost», 9th July 1975)