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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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (15)

  • 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…
  • Nemes' suggestive, impressionistic approach takes some getting used to, but Sunset is worth the extra effort.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Nemes can be relentlessly opaque, which at time makes the film a drag to follow. But there's method in his determination to leave us with nowhere to park our own affinities.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    Top Critic

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