Critic Consensus: Its difficult themes will be too provocative for some viewers, but Kornel Mundruczo's stately drama offsets its violent overtones with hypnotically beautiful cinematography.
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Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo (Johanna) helmed this bucolic incest-themed drama. The picture reflects on man's need to re-bond with his natural habitat, and meditates on the unseemly consequences of fraternal love that drifts into unacceptable territory. Felix Lajko stars as the unnamed protagonist, who hearkens back to his family's agrarian home after years away. Unkempt, unshaven and noticeably laconic, he makes contact with his sister (Orsi Toth of Johanna), his mother (Lili Monori) and his mother's recent husband, a brutish sociopath (Sandor Gaspar) - who uniformly toil away in a decrepit local pub. In time, the lead character and his sister move into their deceased father's abandoned property, set about constructing a house and a pier, and consummate an extremely intimate relationship as they begin to experience a more deep-seated and harmonious relationship with the natural world around them. When the others find out, however, they react in utter horror, shunning and ridiculing the couple and driving the story to a heartbreaking conclusion. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Delta
Mundruczó works this stock tale into a deliberately paced parable of desire and dread.
For all its lofty thematic intentions, this thing has precious little to say.
Mundruczó generates a moderate amount of intrigue from the build-up but stubbornly resists handling his themes in any direct and digestible fashion.
quiet and acute, but its central relationship suggests sublime lunacy that is never realized.
Having played in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Korneo Mundruczo's plaintive contemplation of the deceptive duality between natural beauty and nature's immutable laws--as both broken and inflicted--"Delta" is an art house film of the first
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