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 'Dixi' Gémes ...
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Károly Hunyadi
Ágnes Kamondy
Sándor Kaszab
Vali Kerekes ...
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20 October 1988 (Hungary)  »

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With "Kárhozat / Damnation", the first of his collaborations with novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr adopts a formally rigorous style, featuring long takes and slow tracking shots of the bleak landscape that surrounds the characters. 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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Don't forget the humour
25 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watch Bela Tarr's films over again with endless fascination. The length is not a problem: No longer that many pieces of music. If you can concentrate through a Wagner opera and I hope you can, then a Tarr film is not very long. All the films are very much products of team work but lead by an autocratic man who knows exactly what he wants, hence the seam free quality of the experience, It is that, rather than the length which requires the concentration. I have not found it mentioned often enough but there is much humour in his films, Karrer does a reprise of Gene Kelly, which is then itself parodied near the end of the film. Damnation is maybe still my favourite, I suppose for the mesmerising way sound is used to structure a complex web of association, but then all of the available late films has so much to offer


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