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Almanac of Fall (1984)

Öszi almanach (original title)
A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.

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Béla Tarr

Writer:

Béla Tarr
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Cast overview:
Hédi Temessy ... Hédi
Erika Bodnár Erika Bodnár ... Anna
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B. ... Miklós
Pál Hetényi Pál Hetényi ... Tibor, a tanár úr
János Derzsi ... János, Hédi fia
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A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

17 January 1985 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Almanac of Fall See more »

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Hungary

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1.37 : 1
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The scene in which the camera is positioned below the characters' feet was the idea of cinematographer Sándor Kardos. A special sheet of glass was made for the shot which was tested by stunt men before the actors stepped on it. Because the camera couldn't move properly under the glass a huge mirror was positioned in front of it and the cameraman filmed the image of the mirror instead of the actual set. See more »

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An intensely intelligent film about failed relationships.
18 February 1999 | by ozusSee all my reviews

The occupants of a large apartment desperately try to relate with each other: fighting over financial matters, trying to establish their sovereignty, revealing their fears and their loneliness, grasping for love, all the while clinging to each other and hating themselves for it. To say that this a harsh tale, is to really note how bleak their lives are, how grim the large apartment is, and how unsatisfying is their love life and everything around them.

Tarr's camera is everywhere, under them, over them, close-up and panning the room. His choice of colors for the grim apartment is curious and provoking. This is a tough film to watch, but if you want to see something that is introspective, something that has a rawness to it that is uncompromising, then this existential-like film fits the bill, as it generates an uncomfortable and uncompromising tension that is very perceptive about the human condition. Above all, its message is, you must love someone, which is easier said, than done, as the filmmaker subtly asks the question, what is it that you believe in?


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