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Damnation (1988)

Kárhozat (original title)
A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

Director:

Béla Tarr
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B. ... Karrer
Vali Kerekes Vali Kerekes ... The Singer
Gyula Pauer Gyula Pauer ... Willarsky / bartender
György Cserhalmi ... Sebestyén / singer's husband
Hédi Temessy ... Cloakroom woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gábor Balogh Gábor Balogh
János Balogh János Balogh
Péter Breznyik Berg Péter Breznyik Berg
Imre Chmelik Imre Chmelik
Zoltán Csorba Zoltán Csorba
József Dénes József Dénes
Zoltán Farkas Zoltán Farkas
Gáspár Ferdinándy Gáspár Ferdinándy
Jenõ Gaál Jenõ Gaál
János 'Dixi' Gémes János 'Dixi' Gémes ... (as János Gémes)
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Storyline

The story of Karrer, a depressed man in love with a married woman (Vali Kerekes) who sings at the local bar, Titanik. He is threatened by her husband and hangs about outside her abysmal apartment building, begging for admittance, and is at one stage successful. But she breaks off their affair, despite her profession of love for him. She wants to improve her life. She dreams of becoming famous, but she herself embodies all of Karrer's hopes and dreams. Karrer is offered smuggling work by Willarsky, the bartender at Titanik. Despite his lack of other prospects, Karrer tries to haggle with Willarsky over his take. Karrer eventually decides to offer the job to the singer's husband, Sebastyen, who has fallen on hard times. This gets him out of the way for a while, but things don't go as he plans with the singer. There's a big, drunken dance, which everyone in town attends (though one demented soul prefers to dance maniacally in the rain outside). Afterwards, one betrayal falls upon another... Written by lament

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

20 October 1988 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Damnation See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is no dialogue until 7 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

In the Dance/Party scene, the band and the music are clearly out of sync. See more »

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Referenced in Paris, je t'aime (2006) See more »

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Not Everyone's Cup of Tea, But...
23 April 2007 | by paul-hellyerSee all my reviews

Yes, this is not for every movie goer. But it rewards those who love the art of film making. Very stylized, yes, but directed by someone who has chosen film as his medium for expresses and articulating a world view that is bleak, atheistic and unforgiving. You may not "like" this film: but as an antidote to all that is superficial, crass and commercial it is terrific. To some, it is intellectual masturbation: to those who see film as an art form, a movie to be admired, debated and savored. It will be seen by fewer than those who enter any "Blockbuster" video store on any given day- but, God help me, I would rather see this film than any other at that store.


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