Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall) (1984)



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Possibly inspired by the existential play No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, this story about five people living in close quarters in a small apartment conveys the same angst as Sartre's well-known story about the nature of hell. Like the 1962 movie version of the play, Oszi Almanach is also garishly lighted, with scenes red-tinted on one side and blue-tinted on the other. Close-ups show a dermatologist's interest in skin, an example of the kind of bizarre abstraction that underscores the alienation in this film. A single, older mother owns the apartment, where she is tended by a nurse who has brought along a presumed lover. The sick woman's son lives there too, constantly thinking about how to get his hands on his mother's money. The last member of this unhappy "family" is a former teacher now down on his luck and out of work. The three men and the nurse are dependent on the sick woman, on her money and her apartment, just as she is dependent on them. Yet these individuals are two-faced, scheming, and prone to anger. Unable to break away and leave, at the same time they find no solace in staying -- making a difficult two hours of misery for the average viewer to take on without a therapist. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The mise en scene often seems to be composed in counterpoint to the action, but the drama itself (whose Strindbergian power and sexual conflicts are realized with an intensity and concentration that suggests John Cassavetes) carries plenty of charge.

Feb 13, 2001 | Full Review…

Pair them up and pit them against each other

Aug 12, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If we subscribe to the idea that the profiteering of man leads to the death of an absent God's morals, the unrest of Almanac of Fall lays down the first stones.

Jun 29, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Throughout, Tarr seems exasperated by the capacity of each to believe that they are justified in their machinations, and in his inability to accept their individual actions, he seems to be expressing disgust and outrage at all of society.

Mar 23, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A claustrophobic tale of an elderly mother, her son, a nurse, a lodger, and the nurse's boyfriend living in the same apartment.

Feb 13, 2001 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall)


The gorgeous cinematography and mise-en-scène bring to mind Tarkovsky's works, while the uncomfortable narrative is centered on a group of petty characters who manipulate one another in ways that bring to mind Fassbinder, and so the result is something quite different from Tarr's previous films.

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