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
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall)

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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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Chicago Reader
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Pair them up and pit them against each other

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
Movie Habit

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2003

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
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July 24, 2005

Audience Reviews for Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall)


Bela Tarr's Almanac of Fall disposes of the stark black and white photography and the signature long takes, but hardly suffers for it as it is replaced with interesting color juxtaposition, an excellent script, and unique camera movements that showcase Tarr's mastery of framing.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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oo existentialist, if you ask me; it was like a Bergman chamber drama, but with people speaking far too abstractly. It was more interesting at the points where it dealt in the specifics of the relationships between the characters (which are confusing). I enjoyed the use of colored lighting to separate characters, and the way it drains away at the end, leaving everyone in shades of gray. The film has an intense claustrophobia to it, but the weighty and muddled dialogue makes it hard to get into.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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