Delta (2009)



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
Art House & International , Drama
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Félix Lajkó
as Mihail
Orsi Tóth
as Fauna
Lili Monori
as Mother
Sándor Gáspár
as Mother's Lover
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Critic Reviews for Delta

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

Mundruczó works this stock tale into a deliberately paced parable of desire and dread.

March 9, 2010
Time Out
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For all its lofty thematic intentions, this thing has precious little to say.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Mundruczó generates a moderate amount of intrigue from the build-up but stubbornly resists handling his themes in any direct and digestible fashion.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
Time Out
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A beautifully atmospheric vessel that will seem infinitely deep to some and chafingly dry to others.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Unreal characters and story shackle this gloomy tale of unconventional love between a long-lost brother and sister.

June 3, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Delta is a Hungarian film that rigorously upholds the conventions of the festival art film genre.

May 22, 2008
New York Times
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