Another dreamy work of art from writer-director Ildikó Enyedi. Animal lovers beware that some of the early scenes set in a slaughterhouse are distressing. Acting is solid, the script fleshes out some enjoyably odd characters (the two leads are rather introverted, coming together when they realise they have spent some nights having the same dreams), and the final result is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Astounding, unexpected, beautiful, gentle, subtle (although be warned there are one or two graphic scenes in a slaughterhouse and one brief graphic sexual image). Meant to watch just 20 minutes and was amazed when 50 minutes flew by and the next hour was just as great.
Odd thing, pretentious, you guess from the first 15 minutes that it is going to fall flat, and it somewhat does, but you still want to see the next bit. This would be a case of bad story good plot, I guess ? The deer scenes are very beautiful. The abattoir scenes good to show.
Wonderfully composed and thoroughly engaging. At times there was a little voice in my head whispering 'Amelie' but for the most part the performances and the scenario are as gripping as they are understated as the film works through the experiences of those who rarely receive any sensitivity from others due to their personality but who yearn for a fuller, freer experience.
I'm incredibly surprised how emotionally involved I was with this film. I was put off by the graphic visceral violence at the beginning, but I ultimately it's probably one of the most surreal and beautifully told love story in recent history. Can anyone in the Mubi community explain me why so many Hungarian films I've seen, portraits graphic violence towards animals in slaughterhouses? Is it a recurring theme?
Beautifully shot but a little theoretical. It's hard to feel anything for characters with no backstory. Smart, talented but not heartfelt direction. Feels a bit like your usual indie movie full of quirk and unjustified arty choices (why set up the movie in a slaughterhouse when it has no incidence on the story?) Still a nice watch but not memorable.
I don't know if the film deserved its prize because it's not exactly subtle but somehow it still won me. Enyedi doesn't offer a cinema we've already seen over and over again, she tries here and there to tell a story her own way. Some images are beautiful but, hey, everybody makes beautiful images today. The love story, despite the solid acting, is a bit heavy, not so well written. Mixed feelings.
Slow and deep as water below a frozen pond, this is a story that daydreams through waking life and escapes to a distant dream world that liberates hidden emotions. A film that's subtle, has intricacies, and confronts us with our human frailty and with our barbarism. Red and white, blood and snow - it uses stark realism sliced through the underbelly with deep dreaming of kinder ways of being.
Lovely script. Fabulous performances. Intriguing director, who has made only two feature films. Thanks for introducing the music of Laura Marlin, which is magnetic. Hungarian cinema is back with class! My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2017/12/216-hungarian-director-ildiko-enyedis.html