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With a Little Patience (2007)

Türelem (original title)
An office clerk as seen during her daily routine - all the little vibrations of her face. And a man, impatiently waiting for her, beyond the windows.


László Nemes (as László Nemes Jeles)


László Nemes (screenplay), Timea Varkonyi (screenplay)
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Virág Marjai Virág Marjai
Attila Menszátor-Héresz Attila Menszátor-Héresz
Éva Kelényi Éva Kelényi
Kálmán Kovács Kálmán Kovács
Endre Ferenczy Endre Ferenczy
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An office clerk as seen during her daily routine - all the little vibrations of her face. And a man, impatiently waiting for her, beyond the windows.

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Did You Know?


László Nemes later directed the acclaimed feature film Son of Saul (2015) applying the same approach he first used in With a Little Patience (2007). See more »


There is a spelling mistake in the T.S. Eliot quote at the beginning. The sentence in German should be spelled correctly "Öd' und leer das Meer.", not "Od' und leer das Meer." See more »


Referenced in Son of Saul (2015) See more »


Performed by Elizabeth Spencer and Charles W. Harrison (1912)
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the drab office, the enormity of the view outside
23 February 2009 | by friedtSee all my reviews

This short film from Hungary addresses the theme of personal indifference to the drama of others suffering in an unusual way. Director Laszlo Nemes Jeles risks extreme close ups and soft focus, refuses action, and limits movement, making "Patience" (the festival title is "With A Little Patence") a rather daring approach to the topic.

The film offers an epigram from T.S. Eliot about neither seeing nor hearing, but the appropriate thematic guidelines for this film are Breughel's "Fall of Icarus" and W. H. Auden's discussion of the painting in "Musee des Beaux Arts." In short, those in the painting—the plowman, the shepherd, and the people aboard the sailing ship--continue with their lives as the unfortunate youth's white legs disappear into the Aegean. So too, the buttoned clerk in "Patience" works through her routine, relieving her boredom with the broach she slips out of a breast pocket, and in a stunning finale, closes her window to a scene beyond her office that is horrific not for what it depicts but for what we know it tells us about historical events.

There is much to admire in the concept and technique of this award winning film that was also nominated for the Golden Lion at Cannes in 2008. The sound is wonderfully evocative, combining ambient office noise with an unidentifiable but elegiac aria and the incessant click-clack of the many typewriters that is like the initial appearance of a toothache; we are too aware of it though it has not yet become painful. The closed yet expressive face of the clerk is recaptured in the feminine figure contained within the military cut of her shirt, a subtle connection to the scene outside the busy office. And yet, the long set up of the drab office, the repetitive activities, and the too dark interior are perhaps too great a price to pay for the brilliant and stunning outdoor scene and the final shot of the closed windows that look like prison bars.

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Hungarian | German

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2007 (Hungary) See more »

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