Current marks a new beginning in Hungarian cinema. With István Gaál's film, it has become natural for young directors to formulate their films from their own experience, and to choose young people who are searching for their place, who behave naturally and who do not live their everyday lives according to official ideology. In Current, Gaál captures the experience of young intellectuals in the 1960s, whose parents were still farmers, but who had gone to the city, to university and who had to redefine their relationship to life and death. The disappearance of their companion becomes symbolic in Sándor Sára's disturbingly beautiful pictures, in which the chimneys of the farmhouses stretch skywards behind the peasant houses.
Modernisation, the eclipse of the rural way of life and, of course, growing up, the loss of innocence, are the themes of Current through the first encounter with death. It is also a pioneer in depicting the freer sexual life of young people without moral judgement.