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Black Brush (2005)

Fekete kefe (original title)
Four men posing as chimney-sweepers are looking for the answer in a goat's stomach after a disastrous afternoon- and they find it!

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Roland Vranik
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Credited cast:
Gergely Bánki Gergely Bánki ... Zoli
Károly Hajduk Károly Hajduk ... Döfi
Csaba Hernádi Csaba Hernádi ... Anti
András Réthelyi András Réthelyi ... Papi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Péter Albert Péter Albert ... Szomszéd
Tamás Balikó Tamás Balikó ... Családapa
Zoltán Barabás Kis Zoltán Barabás Kis ... Pejker (as Barabás Kiss Zoltán)
Kata Bartsch Kata Bartsch ... Szektás lány
Anna Bede Fazekas Anna Bede Fazekas ... Religious Woman (as Annamária Bede Fazekas)
Bella Czifra Bella Czifra ... Kislány
Judit Dobos Judit Dobos ... Tüzépes
Borcsa Erdõs Borcsa Erdõs ... Andrea
Imre Farkas Imre Farkas ... Idõs férfi
Imréné Farkas Imréné Farkas ... Idõs nõ
Anna Faur Anna Faur ... Túró
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Four men posing as chimney-sweepers are looking for the answer in a goat's stomach after a disastrous afternoon- and they find it!

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

1 September 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Brush See more »

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Budget:

HUF70,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A missed opportunity
3 August 2013 | by jozsef_dojcsarSee all my reviews

Genres often pose just as many problems as they solve by helping us put a given work of art into a convenient box. Fekete kefe is generally labelled as a comedy, but for me, it's really difficult to say it's a real comedy. There are scenes intended to be funny, all right, but the whole film comes off as a sleepy and lazy stylistic exercise with the black and white image and the frequent use of fixed camera positions.

My main problem with the film is that it wants to have everything an over the top scenario could give, but in the end, it doesn't deliver much. In fact, there are so many possibilities – e.g. a heist film, a somewhat funny social commentary on entrepreneurs and intellectuals doing odd jobs, a study on group dynamics with entirely different characters – but none of them gains dominance over the others. The film is fragmented, the plot is too anecdotal, and the whole thing feels incidental.

Another problem is that, despite being a comedy, the acting is often stiff and borders on boredom and tiredness. It's not even a sort of philosophical calmness – it's just pure boredom on the part of the characters (probably spiced with a sense of powerlessness) and me, too. Furthermore, good comedies have at least a few quotable scenes; here, these are also missing.

All in all, the film is a missed opportunity to me, both stylistically and thematically. It's watchable, but barely memorable.


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