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.


Critic Reviews for Sunset (Napszállta)

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Sunset exposes that horror while also finding great beauty in it - it might not be infinitely pretty, but it's worth remembering and preserving nevertheless.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

History as a plunge into the choppy fray.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The bustle and vibrancy of pre-Great War Budapest remain frustratingly out of focus throughout. After 140 minutes, your eyeballs will know the feeling.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Clocking in at almost two and a half hours and shot with a growing intensity that demands the audience's full engagement, it will be a tiring, frustrating watch for many.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"Sunset" is all smoke and mirrors leading to a facile reflection on the carnage that marked the start of the modern era.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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An entirely absorbing film.

Sep 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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