Damnation (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

Original title:  Karhozat

Hungary, 1988.  , .  Screenplay by , Bela Tarr.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Gyula Pauer.  Film Editing by .  

Visionary filmmaker Bela Tarr applies his languid, seemingly formless style to a story of frustrated love.  Amid its beautifully shot monochrome ruminations is the tale of a fraught love affair between a man and a woman, his anger at not being happy in love periodically interrupted by a wise, angel-on-earth type who spouts poetic, scriptural wisdom at him.  It’s a Rorschach test of a movie, the sort of thing that will mean something different to everyone who watches it, but despite a very calm pace (Tarr always strikes me as the man who finds Tarkovsky exasperatingly hasty), it’s not boring, but put on your patient hat and be prepared for some capital-A Arthouse stuff anyway.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best Young Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  1988

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