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Katalin Varga (2009)


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Antal Borlan's loving wife never suspected that her devoted and kind husband would be responsible for a past atrocity. Antal believes he has God's forgiveness and that his enduring marriage is testament to his redemption. An avenging angel by the name of Katalin Varga scales the Carpathian Mountains by horse and is in possession of the one thing that can redefine Antal's notion of redemption. Yet Katalin cannot fully comprehend the notion of vengeance until the devastating trail she leaves


Art House & International, Drama

Peter Strickland

Feb 22, 2010

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A film of remarkable assurance and intensity.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Impressive as it is, though, you can't help feeling it's essentially a festival favourite that will be more admired than enjoyed.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Like a folk tale crossed with a thriller and road movie. Without a doubt it is one of the best new British films of the year, if you can justly call it fully British.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The most striking aspect of a slow, self-consciously poetic film is the complex soundtrack.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Superb central performances in this tragic drama.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Newcomer Peter Strickland's slow-burning tale of female revenge in deepest Romania impresses with its pared-down storytelling, its eerie visual and aural atmosphere and the ambiguity of its characterizations.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

A complex moral terrain and slow-burning tone reminiscent of Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) announce the arrival of a genuine film-making talent.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A slow-moving, insistently gripping, faintly Dostoyevskian tale of violence and retribution set in the swooningly photographed Hungarian countryside.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

An impressive debut from expat British director Peter Strickland with a powerful central performance from Hilda Péter.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Deliberately paced, it has the timeless, brooding quality of a tragic folk tale, in which violence begets more violence. Strickland builds and sustains an ominous atmosphere through stark images, artfully heightened sound design and an otherworldly score.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Tidy revenge tragedy that successfully resists the influence of the Romanian New Wave.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

An eerie, intelligent drama lifted into the realm of must-see territory thanks to Péter's gently nuanced performance, plus a haunting soundtrack.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Be warned, this is an intense, dark story where no one makes the right decisions. If you can handle that, Katalin Varga will be a name you won't forget.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Misery at 24 frames per second.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

At times we seem to be watching the reconstruction of an ancient folk tale, and Strickland, as if entrusted with its telling, hardly puts a foot wrong.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent

Artistic and insightful, this sharply well-made film has an emotional resonance that becomes thoroughly haunting as the story travels to places we don't expect it to go. A sense of foreboding terror keeps us gripped, as does an underlying hope.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Strickland delivers a psychologically complex twist on the genre's usual cathartic blood-letting. Haunted performances, an intricate and creepy score and a folklore-like setting add to the foreboding atmosphere.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Audience Reviews for Katalin Varga

It's a story about a rape victim seeking vengeance once her husband discovers the fact some 10-11 years after the unfortunate event. While it's not your regular vengeance (kicking asses ŕ la 'I Spit On Your Grave') kind of flick, it's nothing incredible either. Worth a shot, maybe, but nothing that would linger upon after a while.

P.S. I'm not into landscapes, scenery, etc. in general & I don't know if that makes any difference whatsoever on how much impact this movie can have on one.
August 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

Stunning sound design and unusual settings lift this revenge tale above the crowd, complemented by an electric central performance.
March 13, 2010
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Super Reviewer

A revenge story from Romania with powerful performances (especially from the lead Hilda Peter) and vivid direction of Peter Strickland who additionally utilises the score and the surrounding setting as contributing characters to the film. The story unravels in a slow pace whilst the drama builds up to the final retribution.
December 10, 2010

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