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Understated, unconventional and observant.



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Hukkle, named for the sound of an old man's hiccups, which recur throughout the film, is a nearly wordless aural and visual exploration of life in a depressed Hungarian town. Director György Pálfi uses extreme close-ups and slow motion to look at both human and natural life in the town. As the film progresses, a few narrative threads emerge. A cart driver spies on a young shepherd girl. A man and woman proudly watch as their prize hogs mate. The farming and manufacturing work of the town continues. The women seem to work harder than the men. An old woman prepares a meal for her family. A cat and a little girl die soon after eating from the same dish. A beekeeper crushes a bee between his fingers. A mole catches and eats a worm, only to be slaughtered by a gardener's hoe. As a murder mystery slowly unravels, a policeman contemplates taking action, though he knows it will rock the town to its foundations. Hukkle was shown at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival and at the 2003 edition of New Directors/New Films. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Hukkle

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  • Told almost entirely without words and composed largely of detail shots, this doesn't quite transcend the gimmickry of its concept, but it succeeds as a bravura technical exercise with some truly amazing images.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a novelty, and an educational one at that. It reminds you of just how dumb your average movie is these days.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Unclassifiable and wildly original.

    Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • So precisely and hypnotically assembled it could have been directed by a particularly whimsical metronome.

    Jun 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What film is all about, but all too often isn't -- it challenges its audience to look at the world in a different way.

    Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • At once impressive and indulgent, hypnotic and patience-inducing with its languorous rhythms.

    Dec 18, 2003

Audience Reviews for Hukkle

Mostly, this is a film about liquids being poured. Sheer torture.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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In the beginning, there was the hiccup... That is a very small disruption to the natural order in "Hukkle" in a small farming village where there is a long standing relationship between the humans who work hard for what they have and the animals which they care for and occasionally become lunch. The largest disruption is also the money shot of the film. Aside from that, the film is pretty much minimalist in observing the day-to-day details except for one sequence that cuts from a man eating to an-x-ray of him to a doctor's office.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A very intriguing and interesting bit of film making. It is a murder mystery but one that is told in an indirect manner and one that involves putting the pieces together through observation of life in a Hungarian village. Very unique.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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