Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest) (1979)




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Shot in cinema verité style, Hungarian director Bela Tarr's drama captures the daily life of ordinary people living in desperate times. Communist-ruled Hungary is undergoing a housing shortage, forcing a seven-member family to share a tiny apartment. As the walls close in, tensions rise: A father chastises his son for not reenlisting, which might have resulted in a larger apartment, and a wife stops at nothing in order to qualify for a new home.
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Critic Reviews for Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This is strong stuff, but the highly formal director of Almanac of Fall, Damnation, and Satantango is still far from apparent.

Full Review… | February 26, 2003
Chicago Reader
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A gloss on "kitchen sink" drama along the lines of Albee's The Zoo Story

Full Review… | February 6, 2010

It shows the talented Tarr at his greenest, much before his later skills were more fully developed.

Full Review… | August 3, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The characters morph into unconvincing mouthpieces for a highly unsubtle political critique.

Full Review… | August 3, 2005
Slant Magazine

[The characters] realize the futility of their struggle against beauracracy, but have nothing to do but struggle against it, and in Tarr's committed portrayal of their pathetic struggle, his political rage becomes acutely felt.

Full Review… | February 25, 2003

Audience Reviews for Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest)

In his feature debut, Béla Tarr offers an uncomfortable look into communist Hungary using the Budapest school style of cinema verité and a camera that glides almost invisible among the non-professional actors, but it becomes a bit repetitious in the last half hour with a few redundant monologues.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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It's a decent enough film, but it's more of a test run in style for a director that would go on to be an incredible force. This was back when he was still finding a voice. Using too much close up, far to little silence and an altogether loose feeling that never elevates past lots of scenes with people arguing. Not bad if you want to complete Tarr's filmography, but aside from that I wouldn't recommend it.

Michael Stuhlman
Michael Stuhlman

Like Almanac of Fall, it's about relationships crumbling under claustrophobic conditions, but this time in more realistic and relatable style. The verité style works well here, giving the film the feel (as the prologue indicates) that even if this exact story didn't happen to these exact people, it might as well have. The excellent acting helps too. Depressing, but riveting.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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