There's something undeniable in Angelopoulos' expert use of non-linear narrative, the visual style that is both cold and baroque, and the interweaving of documentary with fiction. It's an astounding debut, marred for me only by its occasional coarseness. But Haneke and Tarr have both stolen a lot from this film.
Set in the sort of dilapidated village Bela Tarr would come to love, Reconstruction has much of Angelopoulos's later style, though the off screen narration and high contrast B&W feels unusual. Classical and political metaphor play out in an impoverished community full of old women and gossip. The crime is for sordid motives in what seems like a sordid, degraded country. A sharp, minimalist start to a great career.