It's Not the Time of My Life

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It's Not the Time of My Life
Directed bySzabolcs Hajdu
Produced byDániel Herner
András Muhi
Gábor Ferenczy
Zsófia Muhi
Written bySzabolcs Hajdu
Edited bySzilvia Papp
Release date
  • 7 July 2016 (2016-07-07) (KVIFF)
  • 1 October 2016 (2016-10-01)
Running time
81 minutes

It's Not the Time of My Life (Hungarian: Ernelláék Farkaséknál) is a 2016 Hungarian drama film directed by Szabolcs Hajdu. It is set in an apartment where two families interact and both couples go through a midlife crisis; the film is based on the director's own play.

It premiered on 7 July 2016 at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won the Crystal Globe for best film and Hajdu received the Best Actor Award,[1] it was released in Hungary on 1 October 2016.[2]


  • Erika Tankó as Ernella
  • Domokos Szabó as Albert
  • Lujza Hajdu as Laura
  • Orsolya Tôrôk-Illyés as Eszter
  • Szabolcs Hajdu as Farkas
  • Imre Gelányi as Sanyi


Alissa Simon of Variety called the film "a fresh and funny chamber piece about midlife marital crises" and wrote: "In addition to the highly relatable situations shot in a style of heightened naturalism and the Robert Altman-like overlapping dialogue, the drama gains further conviction from setting the action in the actual apartment lived in by the director and his wife, who, along with their real-life son, play the host family."[3] The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij wrote: "There's a certain amount of irony in the fact that Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu's independently produced It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernellaek Farkaseknal), made without any state aid, turns out to be one of his most conventional features, though it's also one of his most directly moving."[4]


  1. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (2016-07-09). "Karlovy Vary: Hungarian Feature 'It's Not the Time of My Life' Wins Top Prize". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  2. ^ "It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál)". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  3. ^ Simon, Alissa (2016-07-07). "Film Review: 'It's Not the Time of My Life'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  4. ^ Hoeij, Boyd van (2016-07-07). "'It's Not the Time of My Life' ('Ernellaek Farkaseknal'): Karlovy Vary Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-01-28.

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