Growing up, my familyâ€™s closest neighbors were a Hungarian-Mexican family, the Vargas.* There was Mr. J Varga, his wife, their daughter, and their son â€“ Little J, or Chacho PequeÃ±o as he was occasionally called.
I have many fond childhood memories of myself, ELCT4, and Chacho PequeÃ±o thrashing and tromping about our high-desert lairâ€¦ well, before I entered that indoor-prissy-junior-high-bitch phase (that everyone goes through!) that is.
The Vargasâ€™ Eastern European-ness always intrigued me; and when I was a kid, I didnâ€™t really understand that Hungary wasnâ€™t Transylvania and that Mr. Varga wasnâ€™t some sort of blood-thirsty specter. Myriad things happened to fuel my confusion.
For example, one time The Junior Mint, who was about eight at the time, returned to the house from the animal-sector of my familyâ€™s land looking rather pale and a little shell-shocked. In seems that Mr. Varga had decided to teach him how to butcher a turkey, a lesson that my cute little third-grader brother had not been fully prepared for.
Another time, I noticed an epic campfire burning beneath a metal trashcan-turned-cauldron outside my bedroom window (ish).Â Upon investigation, I found my father and Mr. Varga stirring something gruesome in their â€œpotâ€ while popping what appeared to be very large red grapes into their mouths. As it turned out, those â€œgrapesâ€™ were actually eyes; and I can only guess what was in that pot.
Now donâ€™t get me wrong. The Vargas, especially Mr. Varga, were amazing people and their presence is deeply interwoven into my memories of growing up, but you can see how I was maybe a little confused about what it meant to be Hungarianâ€¦
â€¦so when the first installment of Girlfriends Filmsâ€™ newest series, Budapest, arrived in my mailbox, I was a little apprehensive. In my experience, Hungarians did some pretty weird stuff; but I decided to give it a go anyway. And almost like clockwork, not 10 minutes in, there was this super weird (at least to me!) panty-sniffing sequence between Sandra Shine and the extremely cute Brandy Smile â€“ Eastern Europeans!! I almost gave up right there, but Iâ€™m glad I didnâ€™t because episode 1 of Budapest was actually pretty darn good.Â Â
True to Girlfriends Filmsâ€™ form, Budapest has a pretty complex plot. Elexis Monroe travels to Budapest to write an article on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution (huh?). She stays with magazine editor Sandra Shine, and somehow meets gallery owner Liza.Â Liza, who had just been celebrating some sort of anniversary with her hott (seriously hott) girl-bebe Sophie Moon the night before, manages to lure Elexis into her bed â€“ scandal!! Elexis also meets tour guide Peaches, who ends up â€œrenting a roomâ€ from Cindy Hope (who is also smokinâ€™ hot, in spite of some strange tattoos). At this point, I am not quite sure where this story is headed; but there are already plenty of opportunities for some luscious intrigue.
And â€œlusciousâ€ is a good word for Budapest â€“ from the quirky, Hungarian-ish music playing throughout (imagine some old-skool sounding circus music that changes up along with the filmâ€™s plot) to the shots of Elexis touring about all these very Hungarian-looking locations, you actually feel like youâ€™re getting a little bit of global culture from this film.Â And for you cunning linguists out there, thereâ€™re a plethora of sexy accents to play with too. But if architecture and music and language donâ€™t make you feel like youâ€™re getting a slice of Eastern Europe, then the sex certainly should.
Girlfriends always likes to make you wait for it, and Budapest is no exception â€“ at 2 hours and 19 minutes long, you may think youâ€™re going to get a bang-out six or seven scenesâ€¦ but youâ€™d be wrong â€“ you get fourâ€¦ four long, languid, and fully worked-up scenes featuring some pretty hott chics.
â€¦and then it ends, leaving you more than a little â€œHungary for Lesbian Love.â€Â Good thing I hear that there are a couple more installments of Budapest coming soon!
* Varga is a pseudonym. I just googled â€œHungarian surnamesâ€ and â€œVargaâ€ came up as one of the most common ones.
Recommended for: the Eastern Euro-philic, the hungry, and the Hungarian; those of us who grew up next door to the Vargas (or some iteration thereof).
Ladies: Elexis Monroe, Sandra Shine, Brandy Smile, Liza, Sophie Moone, Cindy Hope, and Peaches
Dudes: no boys allowed!!
The first installment of this series, Budapest (episode 1), released in September, 2010
Not much in terms of extras here (a credit gallery, some pretty girl shots, and promo material), but this film doesnâ€™t really lend itself to such things.Â I would have liked to see some BTS on filming in Hungary and the trip and stuff, but maybe thatâ€™s just the sociologist in me!Â Here is a link to a Girlfriends Films newsletter with a bunch of pics from Hungary though – enjoy!!
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