Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. / , . , , , , , , , , , . Screenplay by , . Cinematography by . Produced by , . Music by . Production Design by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by . Cannes Film Festival 2008. Toronto International Film Festival 2008.
Stark locations and characterizations create a chilling atmosphere that is made haunting by director Kornel Mundruczo’s languid pacing in this almost otherworldly drama. The main character is a man who returns to his home town after having been away for years, telling his mother that he would like to take up residence in the riverside hut that his father once occupied, located down the river from her bar. She introduces him to a half-sister he never knew, who moves to this remote location with him, the two of them beginning a relationship that crosses an incestuous line and moves towards a tragic conclusion. Slow, methodical and almost spiritual in tone, this film’s director was mentored by Bela Tarr and it shows, its almost painterly images will be mesmerizing for some and incredibly boring for others, feeling almost out of time as it appears to take place in the modern world but could be set just off to the side of Marketa Lazarova.