In the Béla Tarr style, this film is meditatively slow and the camera moves around as if it were a character in itself as its moves from one thing to another in a slow dream-like fashion. The music also renders an atmosphere of cold despair and burgeoning tension. And one can imagine quite a few people might truly hate its slow progression, but it manages to sink beneath one's skin the way most films don't.
Entre la solide version réalisée Decoin (1943) et celle, plus classique, de Comfort (1947) la réalisation de Bela Tarr s'impose comme une monumentale et sidérante oeuvre épurée jusqu'à la désolation extrême, une vertigineuse et hallucinante plongée métaphysique où les mots n'ont plus rien à dire au contraire des regards et des silences s'époumonant en pure perte dans le malaise et la perdition. www.cinefiches.com
I like Tarr´s work a lot. But somehow this one got on my nerves. Great cinematography and all - but it doesn't catch Simenon´s style (which is always fast, down to earth and elegant). The film is nothing like it! Werckmeister Harmonies - any time. But this one made me breathe heavily.
Based on Simenon's novel this one develops an unexpected "film noir" night-like and mysterious atmosphere. Slow moving, plaintive and existential film. However it is not as poignant as previous Bela Tarr's films, characters and story are less touching, a bit annoying too. Interesting watch for fans. Beginners should start with Damnation, Satantango or the weirckmeister harmonies.
The saturation of a language and simultaneously a possibility of its exaltation, depending on the look before a movie absolutely exhausted. In my case the lack of interest is total and inevitable and even though i'm very sensitive to the formality of films, this panoply of sequence-shots lead me to despair for a fragmented découpage with another perspective of editing and much much less presumption of exemplarity.
The first 45 minutes are masterfully done. The technique felt innovative, but he does the same thing for every scene thereafter and it lost it's novelty. Still, it's an inspiring piece of work and a great genre film. As for Bebla Tarr, I wish I started with this and not the Turin Horse.