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A young man, Mihail returns to his village on the Danube delta after many years. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world. He has been away since early childhood and he is greeted by a stepfather he has never met before, as well as his mother and Fauna, a sister, he never knew he had A seemingly happy occasion, the man's return fractures the family. He decides to build a house out in the marshes, and his sister follows him - at first to help out, and later to live with him. As their relationship becomes increasingly close and intimate, they elicit the disapproval of their family and eventually of the community too.Written by
During the first half of production (before the death of lead actor Lajos Bertók), Mari Kiss played his mother. After his role was recast, the director chose another actress, Lili Monori to play the role of the mother. See more »
I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Mihail (Felix Lajko) has saved his money in the city to return to the village where his mother (Lili Monori) lives with her boyfriend (Sandor Gaspar) and his half sister Fauna (Orsolya Toth). Mihail sets out to build a house on the river delta on land his father owned. Fauna helps Mihail with the construction and lives in a hut with him while the construction his under way. The villagers consider Mihail an outsider and are opposed to the idea of a half brother and sister living alone together. Writer/director Kornel Mandruczo in a script co-written by Yvette Biro offers this rural tale of a developing incestuous relationship in a film beautifully shot by cinematographer Matyas Erdely and superbly edited by David Jancso. The film looks so good that every scene is a virtual painting but the storyline is a little weak with underdeveloped characters, weak dialog and a plodding pace. This perhaps may have worked better as a 20 minute short film but stretched out into a feature with little background on the characters and village life weakens it. I would give this a 6.5 out of 10.
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