Sunset (Napszállta)

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Sunset (Napszállta) struggles to fill its runtime with consistently compelling drama, but uses one woman's experiences to convincingly capture a society at a crossroads.



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1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill. While preparations are under way at the Leiter hat store, to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán's tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall.


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  • Nothing is ever quite clear - often literally, because Nemes likes to keep the middle-distance out of focus. It was chillingly effective in Son of Saul. Here it's just deadening.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Maybe doesn't amount to much, but it's compelling as all hell, and Juli Jakab is a major find.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps Nemes was hoping to let the precision of his intricately staged images artfully clash with the absurdity of a chaotic plot. But the result is more tedious than tense.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Oblique, often beguiling, and portentously cryptic, the film offers no satisfying solution.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If Sunset doesn't hit with nearly the impact that Son of Saul does, this look back at the chaos before the storm establishes Nemes as a major voice.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Nemes adds distinctive but superfluous flourishes to this meticulous, overcalculated historical drama.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 20, 2019
    The movie is designed to be infuriatingly enigmatic (i.e.the main character clearly has an arc, but we're never directly told what changes about her) and while I understand criticisms of that choice I don't believe that it undermines the compelling narrative or direction.If anything, its a movie that demands further study rather than just superficial examination.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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