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Sátántangó (1994)

Drama | 435 minutes
4,02 195 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 435 minuten

Alternative title: Satan's Tango

Country: Hungary / Germany / Switzerland

Directed by: Béla Tarr

Stars: Mihály Víg and Putyi Horváth

IMDb score: 8,2 (12.448)

Releasedate: 8 February 1994

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Sátántangó plot

In a small village in post-communist Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The August rains have started. The villagers expect a large cash payment that evening, after which they have planned to leave the village. Some want to leave earlier with a larger share of money than is due. However, they learn that the easy-talking Irimias, who was expected to be dead, is returning to the village. They fear he's taking all the money for one of his grandiose efforts to keep the community going.

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avatar van mister blonde

mister blonde

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I thought it was really beautiful. The cinematography, with the painfully slow shots that have a hypnotic effect, the music that lengthens the trance you are in and the story. The funny, beautiful story. Delicious. The scenes with the girl and the cat (actually just the whole of chapter 5), one of the nicest dance scenes ever, the insulting character sketches, the Turks coming (sounded by the bells), the boarding up of the room, various scenes in which people simply walking through wind and rain and the cows are some of the highlights. And to think that this is an ordinary con film, but one with intelligent nods to religion and communism AND with the most interesting group dynamics ever.

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avatar van wibro

wibro

  • 11590 messages
  • 4098 votes

For me, this film - finally finished - is mainly due to the beautiful camera work and not to forget the beautiful score that exuded pessimism. No, you will not be happy when you see this film. Dilapidated houses, people drinking and then that never-ending rain. The most beautiful part for me remains that of "The girl and the cat". When I saw this I was somewhat reminded of Robert Bresson's film "Mouchette". That film was also about a tormented teenage girl who met her very tragic death.
One disadvantage I found was that some parts had too much dialogue and not all of them were equally interesting. That's why I had to persevere from time to time. For me, the film could have been a bit shorter, because a film with a duration of more than 4½ hours naturally demands quite a lot from the stamina of a viewer like me.

4.0*

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Fisico (moderator films)

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Finally had the courage to watch Béla Tarr's masterpiece. Although in bits and pieces, at once I didn't like it and I didn't have the space either. In preparation for this, I also recently saw a number of Tarr's other films. The tone is often the same. Raw, gloomy, desolate.

Tarr takes you to a visual experience of elongated scenes. Sometimes a bit cheerful, such as the dance scenes as medicine against the otherwise monotonous hard life. Sometimes atmospheric and space-creating, such as the opening scene with the cows. You know immediately where you stand. As a metaphor for the herd animal that man is. Freedom is relative when you've never been used to anything other than confinement.

What then remains for man? Alcohol, of course, where the measly life is drunk away, as an escapism. And power is the opium of the people. The weaker dominates the still weaker. Heavy scenes there with that little boy and that cat. As always, Tarr takes his time to portray it. Uncomfortable.

Furthermore, the use of cameras is also striking. Zoom in or out slowly, but always with the optics to let the images speak for themselves, observing. A camera that glides past various (drawn) faces. Strong, but endlessly long. Difficult to summarize all the experiences of 435 minutes in a few sentences.

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