A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London) (2007)



Critic Consensus: This dark, demanding film from art-house favorite Bela Tarr is by no means a typical crime procedural, but patient viewers will find much to admire.

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A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Béla Tarr's philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind eye to the inevitable decay that surrounded him. Upon bearing witness to a shocking murder, however, the man who once lived a life of quiet solitude is forced … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bela Tarr, László Krasznahorkai
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
IFC Films



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as Mrs. Brown

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Critic Reviews for A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

The Man from London' lacks the grandiose 'cosmic' intimations of the director's past work, and though it contains many moments of sublime cinematic choreography, this is finally good Tarr, but not great Tarr.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Time Out
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The Man From London, directed by Bela Tarr, is an outrageously stylized, conceptually demanding film.

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Tarr struggles to adapt to an outmoded genre and, in the end, produces his least personal work to date.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Feels like no other film that you've seen before. It's cerebral and lugubrious, yet simple as a fairy tale.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Top Critic

The camera is quintessential Tarr: hovering in anticipation of things that won't happen, tracking like a private eye tailing a perp, and imbuing the black-and-white image with a caustic malaise no other director comes near to achieving.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

A unique metaphysical arty film noir.

Full Review… | January 13, 2011
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Audience Reviews for A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London)


For a filmmaker who is so obsessed with aesthetic rigor, it is strange that Tárr doesn't seem to mind about all that horrible, fake-looking dubbing, but this is still an evocative (albeit repetitive and not so well finished) film that makes beautiful use of strong black and white contrasts.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

The lethargic pace and avant garde style will limit the audience of this artsy offering from director Béla Tarr. My suggestion; skip this one and watch Temptation Harbour (1947) instead.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

With "The Man from London," Bela Tarr proves that he could even make watching paint dry interesting which surprisingly has little to do with the always fascinating Tilda Swinton being cast, as her role is so minor. In fact, the film is inspired by others including the beginning of "Touch of Evil" and its epic introductory shot.

At the start of "The Man from London," Maloin(Miroslav Krobot), a night watchman, notices something suspicious on the job. On further inspection, it is a briefcase filled with slightly soggy English pounds. And then there is the Aki Kaurismaki angle with Maloin's dreary life where he severely disapproves of his daughter Henriette's(Erika Bok) job and clothing. But what's important is Tarr managing to keep events moving, even if it is at a glacial pace, perhaps mirroring that of the characters' existence.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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