This is a recent Hungarian movie set in the Budapest subway system. Not much happens. A lot of over the top symbolism about maybe depression or futility or nihilism, or something like that. Then the main character is brought to the light by a fair maiden. Hmm.... Well, I didn't fast-forward through anything, but I kind of wish I had. The only bit that was interesting/memorable is how much the characters looked -- physically that is -- like people out of Seattle. The same grungy look can be seen on any bus. Also facial features often looked American; made me wonder how many Americans have Hungarian ancestry.
Despite my tepid review, this would be a fun film to watch with friends. The characters are engaging. Just be prepared for quirky.
I picked this up to see something recent with Gyorgy Cserhalmi after being impressed with his performance in Zelery. He was in a supporting role here (that's him on the left), and his performance was nothing memorable or particular. In fact, I kind of thought he was miscast. He's supposed to be menacing, but he did not give off a proper villainous aura.
EEH lives in Seattle, Washington and is an applied mathematician- biologist. She spent
a lot of time in Europe (London, West Germany, East Germany and Czechoslovakia) at various times in her life
starting in the mid-eighties. Her companion in
watching obscure foreign and avant-garde films is Kaja, who at the time many of these posts were written, was
a graduate student in International Studies at Oxford. He is fluent in Czech and German and plays hopscotch between the U.S.,
Czech Repuplic, England, Africa and Asia in his work in international conflict zones.
Current Topic of the Blog
The effect of totalitarianism and war on society, using
Central Europe as the example. The focus is on Russian, German, Hungarian, Polish and Czech films
and memoirs or historical analysis on the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
See the themed reviews or blog tags for other topics.