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Damnation (1988)

Kárhozat (original title)
A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

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Credited cast:
Gábor Balogh
János Balogh
Péter Breznyik Berg
Imre Chmelik
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Sebestyén
Zoltán Csorba
József Dénes
Zoltán Farkas
Gáspár Ferdinándy
Jenõ Gaál
János Gémes
Károly Hunyadi
Ágnes Kamondy
Sándor Kaszab
Vali Kerekes ...
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"Kárhozat / Damnation" tells the story of Karrer (Miklos B. Szekely), a depressed man in love with a married woman (Vali Kerekes) who sings at the local bar, Titanik. The singer has broken off their affair, despite her profession of love for him. She wants to improve her life. She dreams of becoming famous, but she herself embodies all of Karrer's hopes and dreams. Karrer is offered smuggling work by Willarsky (Gyula Pauer), the bartender at Titanik. Despite his lack of other prospects, Karrer tries to haggle with Willarsky over his take. Karrer eventually decides to offer the job to the singer's husband, Sebastyen (Gyorgy Cserhalmi), who has fallen on hard times. This gets the husband out of the way for a while, but things don't go as Karrer plans with the singer. There's a big, drunken dance, which everyone in town attends (though one demented soul prefers to dance maniacally in the rain outside). Afterwards, one betrayal falls upon another, leaving Karrer in despair, alienated from... Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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There is no dialogue until 7 minutes into the film. See more »

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In the Dance/Party scene, the band and the music are clearly out of sync. See more »

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Very impressive
22 November 2005 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

The film is about immobility. About people who abandoned themselves to a collective sinking, and dances. The camera travels slowly along the last days before apocalypse.

The photography is excellent. And the music also helps to forget the length of some scenes. Those who liked Tarkovski's films shouldn't be deluded.

The text is powerful, with its dose of irony. Unfortunately I couldn't understand everything. Some monologues seemed to be a nonsense, which may be something normal in this apocalyptic context. Anyway, I hope I'll be able one day to find some transcription; this film deserves to be studied.


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