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The Investigator (2008)

A nyomozó (original title)
Badly needing money for the treatment of his ill mother, pathologist Tibor Malkáv accepts the proposition of a stranger to murder someone he doesn't know a thing about.


(as Attila Galambos)


(screenplay) (as Attila Galambos)
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Credited cast:
Zsolt Anger ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
András Márton Baló ...
Mehtar ben Jaron
Péter Blaskó ...
Artúr Kertész
Csaba Czene ...
Kata Farkas ...
Business woman
Tamás Fodor ...
Antiquarian Bookseller
István Juhász ...
Schwartz, inspector
Zsuzsa Járó ...
Ilona Kassai ...
Malkáv's mother
Éva Kerekes ...
Ágnes Noszfer
Réka Kiss ...
Girl on bicycle
Helga Mandel ...
Júlia Nagy ...
Evike's mother
Ferenc Pusztai ...
József Szemben


Badly needing money for the treatment of his ill mother, pathologist Tibor Malkáv accepts the proposition of a stranger to murder someone he doesn't know a thing about.

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Release Date:

2 October 2008 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

The Investigator  »

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HUF 130,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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A well-done European art movie.
2 January 2009 | by (Budapest, HUNGARY) – See all my reviews

Gigor Attila's first movie is a well-done European art movie.

Let me first explain what I mean by using the term "European art movie": these are (mostly, though not exclusively) European movies that differ significantly from Hollywood movies in style (slow-paced story, less action, more atmosphere, more realistic characters, more emphasis in social or individual problems, a bit more experimenting e.g. with the photography, with the story, etc.). However, although the stylistic differences might give you the illusion of real value, these movies are basically as empty as their Hollywood counterparts: no message, no catharsis. Just pure entertainment, albeit for a different audience: instead of teenagers drinking coke in McDonalds looking for action and special visual effects, it is more for university students drinking green tea in a tea-house, looking for the aforementioned stylistic elements.

So, this is the field where this movie tries to make an impression. And it succeeds, mostly. There is an excellent start and some interesting characters (a lonely, shy and quite weird anatomist and his wannabe girlfriend). There is a relatively good story with some unexpected twists (experienced viewer may guess them, though). And finally, there is the obligatory "artistic" element, this time taken from Woody Allen (at least I saw similar ideas in his movies): in some points the movie gets surreal by showing the main character's thoughts and dreams: these are probably the best parts of the film. Of course this is not a perfect movie, there are a few inconsistencies in the script, but in summary it is an enjoyable piece. That is, if you like the genre.

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