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Forest (2003)

Rengeteg (original title)
The life of young men and women in Budapest in the 21. century.


Benedek Fliegauf
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Rita Braun Rita Braun
Barbara Csonka Barbara Csonka
Laszlo Cziffer Laszlo Cziffer
Gábor Dióssy Gábor Dióssy
Bálint Kenyeres Bálint Kenyeres
Edit Lipcsei Edit Lipcsei
Péter Mátyássy Péter Mátyássy ... (as Péter Félix Mátyási)
Katalin Mészáros Katalin Mészáros
Péter Pfenig Péter Pfenig
Lajos Szakács Lajos Szakács
Fanni Szoljer Fanni Szoljer
Juli Széphelyi Juli Széphelyi
Ilka Sós Ilka Sós
Márton Tamás Márton Tamás
Barbara Thurzó Barbara Thurzó


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Release Date:

11 September 2003 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Forest See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »


Box Office


HUF 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Inforg Stúdió See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Benedek Fliegauf followed most of the rules laid down by 'Dogma95' and described his film explicitly as a "Dogme film". In June 2002, the secretariat of the 'Dogme95' movement founded by Danish filmmakers in 1995 was dissolved. By that time, a total of 31 official certificates had been awarded to films that applied the Dogma rules. In the meantime, the copyright on the term "Dogma film" has been lifted, and anyone can now make films according to the criteria of the so-called "vow of chastity." See more »

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Postmodern Psychological Horror
5 January 2009 | by david_demchukSee all my reviews

I saw Rengeteg/Forest five years ago at the Toronto International Film Festival and I still clearly recall the mounting anxiety that each segment provoked and the intense feeling of disquiet I felt at its chilling conclusion. The gritty grainy quality of the image, the seemingly raw sound, provide an almost documentary feel--but the conversations among the characters are stylized and enigmatic, and grow dark, unsettling and surreal. The film seems defiantly uncinematic until you observe how what you're being shown contributes to the viewer's increasing disorientation and discomfort. I hope director Bendek Fliegauf has met with the success in his film-making career, as he is certainly a talent to be reckoned with.

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