A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.
Miklós B. Székely
After witnessing a crime during his night shift as railway switchman near the docks, a man finds a briefcase full of money. While he and his family step up their living standards, others start looking for the disappeared case.
Revisits of locations on the Great Hungarian Plain - the puszta - that were used in Tarr's Sátántangó and Werckmeister harmóniák. Recitations of short lyric poems by Hungary's national poet Sándor Petofi. The film is shot in color.
A young boy plays an accordion in a shopping mall. Béla Tarr picks up the camera one more time to shoot his very last scene. It is his anger about how refugees are treated in Europe, especially in Hungary.
I guess i was plain unlucky..this is my first Bela Tarr film and I found it virtually unmatchable .But I am not deterred and look fwd to watching his other later work.This film was an exercise in dullness at least for a non hungarian non European like me.The film has not aged well at all and his methods of shooting only extreme closeups was pretty headache inducing.Think Tarr was both lucky and talented to have found backers after this.The story of Angreas who is a musician and his dysfunctional life of playing the violin, working as a nurse and marrying a girl to get dumped by her in a difficult social environment could have been quite interesting but Tarr chooses to make it difficult for us. I was prepared for lack of story but not for a lack of interesting visuals.
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