• Film ID:
  • 20474
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=138 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Hungary.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Hungarian.
SUNSET (2018)
(Napszállta)
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This is the world according to Irisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), an emotionally withdrawn young woman who struggles to understand and re-join a (high) society that she was never really part of. Unlike most costume dramas, Sunset, a moving Hungarian character study set in Budapest during 1913 isn't a movie you can easily get lost in. The movie's disorienting and visually austere style takes some getting used to: dark, but warmly lit hand-held cameras draw viewers' attention beyond the immediate foreground (almost always in focus) towards the camera frame's out-of-focus background. That kind of showy, subjective camerawork is a little daunting (Can't I decide where I want to look for myself?). But I have to admit: by consistently denying viewers an objective God's eye of events, writer/director Lászlò Nemes (Son of Saul) also immediately establishes his movie's character-driven, low-key tense atmosphere.  Irisz's point-of-view is sometimes a little stifling, and more than a little disorienting but it's also rather powerful. (Simon Abrams)

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