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


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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

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

Mar 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
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For all its lofty thematic intentions, this thing has precious little to say.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Mundruczó generates a moderate amount of intrigue from the build-up but stubbornly resists handling his themes in any direct and digestible fashion.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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The movie is lovely looking, but frankly a little specious and shallow.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A beautifully atmospheric vessel that will seem infinitely deep to some and chafingly dry to others.

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

Jun 4, 2008

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