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The Prefab People (1982)

Panelkapcsolat (original title)
A husband and wife, drifting apart, reflect on the events leading up to the worst argument of their marriage.


Béla Tarr


Béla Tarr
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Credited cast:
Judit Pogány Judit Pogány ... Feleség
Róbert Koltai ... Férj
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyri Ambrus Kyri Ambrus ... énekesnõ
Jánosné Bráda Jánosné Bráda
János Fábián János Fábián
Péter Gellért Péter Gellért
Tivadar Gál Tivadar Gál
Barna Mihók Barna Mihók
Adrián Nagy Adrián Nagy
Gábor P. Koltai ... Gyerek (as Koltai Gábor)
László Sinkó László Sinkó
Józsefné Sothó Józsefné Sothó ... Tanárnõ
Istvánné Szabó Istvánné Szabó
Tibor Tóth Tibor Tóth
András Udvarhelyi András Udvarhelyi ... Mûvezetõ


A husband and wife, drifting apart, reflect on the events leading up to the worst argument of their marriage.

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Reminiscent of Ken Loach
21 October 2007 | by lhommeinsipideSee all my reviews

This is the earliest Béla Tarr film I've seen so far, and it's easy to place in his chronology - while the characters are honest and hold nothing back, they could just as easily have been found 'oop North' in an early Ken Loach film. This does not mean it bears no relevance to Tarr's development as a director - far from it - but as a standalone film, it is not particularly important. As in most of Tarr's films, the moments of joy are there if you choose to see them, but here they are easier to spot, perhaps because they stand out from the temperature of the rest of the film. One scene that sticks in my head is that of the chanteuse playfully picking a "real man" out of the audience for entertainment. It contrasts wonderfully with Judit Pogány's timid housewife character, struggling to hold on to a relationship with a far-from-perfect man. The performances are impressive and you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a documentary. But in all honesty, it is not as compelling or fulfilled as his other films. I feel 7/10 is a fair evaluation.

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9 December 1982 (Hungary) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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