The scene in which the camera is positioned below the characters' feet was the idea of cinematographer Sándor Kardos. A special sheet of glass was made for the shot which was tested by stunt men before the actors stepped on it. Because the camera couldn't move properly under the glass a huge mirror was positioned in front of it and the cameraman filmed the image of the mirror instead of the actual set. See more »
Essentially a series of close, intimate conversations between people living together in a flat. Wonderfully human. The occupants are an elderly woman, her son, the mother's nurse, her boyfriend and a tenant. We see them argue, fight and love. Many fabulous performances. Can't recall the last time I was this drawn into a film.
Very unlike anything I've seen from Tarr. A reminder that the most cinematic of all landscapes is a face. Never leaving the apartment, it's the faces, the dwelling shots of their emotions and the emotional complexity of their relationships that drives this truly marvelous hidden gem. It has a welcoming tone, at least at first, though the atmosphere is cold, and kept getting colder as the situation got less and less pretty. No extensively long takes either, though it remained hypnotic all the same, hell, in my case even more so. I could not take my eyes away. 9.5/10.
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