Long ago, a young man fathered a child without ever knowing what became of him. Now 17, his son Rudi returns home hoping to reunite with his family after years spent in an institution. Returning to his mother, he hopes to find acceptance, affection, and most importantly, who his father is, but finds that he is not welcome. Almost by accident, Rudi slips into a casting session. The director of the film is transfixed by his innocence and thinks he has found his lead. But a terrible event soon compromises Rudi’s good intentions. He becomes a hunted murderer, and the director realizes that Rudi, this peculiar and silent boy, is his son and his own monstrous creation. The director now has no other choice but to accompany his son on his inevitable, brutal path and their common search for redemption. –Cannes Film Festival
Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. His first feature film Pleasant Days won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film festival in 2002. Johanna was selected for the Un certain Regard section in the Cannes festival 2005 and Delta won the Prix de la Critique in Cannes 2008.
Mundruczó began his work in theater with Krétakör (the company that presented The Seagull at Culturgest in 2005). Although he never had his own company, he often collaborates with the same group of actors and they have become creative partners in his productions. His recent work includes The Ice, Frankenstein Project, and Judasevangelium. —alkantara festival’10
It's essentially about a man who realises his son is a monster yet is driven by his parental nature to protect him. Not a patch on 'Delta'. His signature is still all over it (pushing characters into uncomfortable and often ambiguous motivational territory). I have no issues with minimal backstory. The camera work is excellent, it's just a lack of character development that lets the film down. 2.5 stars
"Christmas is approaching, fir trees are on display everywhere and family inevitably resurfaces like a mirror from which no-one can escape