Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest) (1979)
Critic Reviews for Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest)
This is strong stuff, but the highly formal director of Almanac of Fall, Damnation, and Satantango is still far from apparent.
A gloss on "kitchen sink" drama along the lines of Albee's The Zoo Story
It shows the talented Tarr at his greenest, much before his later skills were more fully developed.
The characters morph into unconvincing mouthpieces for a highly unsubtle political critique.
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.
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.
Like Almanac of Fall, it's about relationships crumbling under claustrophobic conditions, but this time in more realistic and relatable style. The veritÃ© 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.
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