Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People) (1982)



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Suffering from economic hardships that slowly rip apart their once harmonious relationship, a married couple (Judit Pogany and Robert Koltai) struggle to keep everything together -- yet the husband becomes increasingly passive and the wife increasingly strident as time goes by. Their difficulties are created and portrayed by the spontaneous reactions of the actors themselves, following outlines of the story rather than the memorized lines of a scripted scenario. With minimal editing and direct sound that includes the noise of the camera, the black-and-white realism is rather bleak, reflecting the current state of their once caring relationship. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

An unrelenting, smell-the-sour-breath portrait of a blue-collar marriage dissolving under pressure from Communist-era poverty, masculine inadequacy, and restless depression.

Oct 5, 2007

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's third feature (1982) is the best of his early forays into Cassavetes-style social realism.

Mar 4, 2003 | Full Review… an Eastern Bloc tribute to Britain's kitchen sink dramas.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's the rawness of the film that makes us believe we are unquestionably seeing the truth.

Aug 8, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[S]o painfully real that it almost becomes unendurable...

Jul 3, 2005 | Full Review…

[It] is the best of [Tarr's] early works because it achieves such a degree of intimacy that its lack of ostentatious filmmaking never impedes its ability to observe its characters.

Mar 3, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)


I don't understand Tarr's taste for redundant monologues in his early works when so much is already shown on screen, and here in this solid, unrelenting piece of cinema verité we can see that the mostly silent last scene is much more resonant and telling than the monologue that precedes it.

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