Sunset (Napszállta) Reviews

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October 11, 2019
While Sunset may not be as viscerally difficult as Son of Saul, Nemes's evocation of 1913 Budapest is still beset by an overwhelming sense of violence and dread, with its dark, phantasmagoric images suggesting a civilization on the brink of conflagration.
June 3, 2019
It's a heady and spectacular production, but - like many dreams - it doesn't seem worth interpreting.
June 1, 2019
It's all too vague to function effectively as either a commentary on the build-up to the Great War or as the story of a woman looking to find her place in a city predicated on rigid, gender-determined hierarchies.
May 31, 2019
The events depicted will enthral those eager to fathom the narrative's multifarious mysteries, while driving others to baffled distraction.
May 31, 2019
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
A thing to be admired and puzzled over, featuring fantastic feats of millinery. Magic and hats, anyone?
May 30, 2019
Full of dark portents of the continental carnage to come, Sunset is Kafkaesque, melodramatic, enthralling.
May 30, 2019
The cumulative effect is mesmerising, as vivid as a nightmarish dream that's too slippery to fully comprehend but too haunting to forget.
May 30, 2019
At no point does any character own their behaviour in any consistent or recognisably human way.
May 30, 2019
Maybe doesn't amount to much, but it's compelling as all hell, and Juli Jakab is a major find.
May 29, 2019
All the good intentions in the world can't compensate for an audience's alienation, and with nothing to sustain the suspense from one scene to the next, it dwindles away after an hour.
May 29, 2019
I won't be deterred from believing that Nemes is a genius of some kind.
May 28, 2019
The style may be disorientating at times, preventing certain characters from making an impact but, for the most part, it's fascinating, thrilling, intoxicating.
May 20, 2019
If you were to tell me Sunset was set in a "Westworld" type amusement park, I wouldn't have batted an eye. Írisz becomes innocence itself trapped in a world at war.
May 18, 2019
Feels like a Merchant-Ivory production slowly dissolving before our eyes, the warm cinematography eventually fading into washed out grays and muted colors.
May 12, 2019
Lázló Nemes's mastery of making a particular story a global recount is evident in Sunset. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 6, 2019
It's a film that plods along, with the audience definitely feeling the weight of its 144 minute run time... This is a film where the more complex and entangled the mystery in the plot becomes, the less engaging it is.
May 2, 2019
"Sunset" takes Jakub's Írisz on a dangerous ride, and the audience hangs on for the thrills.
May 1, 2019
[Irisz Leiter's] hypnotic, dream-like movement can cast a spell, as it did for me, though abandoning hope of any narrative drive or logic is required.
April 26, 2019
"Sunset" is the cinematic equivalent of that tough history class that required attention and extra study time, but looking back, one comes to appreciate later in life. It makes up in sheer chutzpah what it lacks in storytelling clarity.
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