4.5. Grotesquely comic allegory of totalitarianism follows a family in a remote village who degrade themselves and obey the every whim of a lunatic army major, their son's commanding officer, staying with them on leave from the battlefield to rest his nerves. The tone's demented whimsy that gets darker as it goes, like a live-action Disney feature on acid. I'm amazed the censors let this one see the light of day.
Manipulation parallel to the masterpiece The Fifth Seal, reminiscent of the absurd humor later employed by the Dutch van Warmerdam, this is simply Hungarian brilliance, filmmaking at it's finest. Ugh, I can't even. Fábri deserves an eternal torch as Maestro (along with Huszárik, Szabó, and Makk, and the rest of the Hungarian underbelly). I hope this is all unearthed to the world very soon. This is core.