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.

Feb 26, 2003 | Full Review…

A gloss on "kitchen sink" drama along the lines of Albee's The Zoo Story

Feb 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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

Aug 3, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Aug 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[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.

Feb 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

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