Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)

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This seven-hour European epic takes place in an abandoned Hungarian farm machinery plant. There live a small band of hobos who will do anything they can to leave the place. A series of events occurs, but the story presents those events from each of the different character's viewpoints.


Critic Reviews for Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

  • Its seven-hour runtime warns off dabblers, the one-screening-a-day bulk defies profit motive, and its protagonists -- Tarr's "poor, ugly, sad, and damned people" -- deny expectations of pleasure. It is also, at times, funny as hell.

    Oct 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The marathon Satan's Tango is a magnum opus to end all magna opera, a dark, funny, apocalyptic allegory of the Hungarian psyche that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius in equal turn.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Top Critic
  • Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses.

    Oct 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This startling, apocalyptic work is sometimes over-extended, but it builds to a powerful, rhythmic climax of breakdown and withdrawal.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • One of the great, largely unseeable movies of the last dozen years.

    Jan 10, 2006
  • At seven hours, Bela Tarr's 1994 Satantango is one of those unusual works of contemporary art that demand from the audience a concentrated commitment -- the luxury of time.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

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