Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kárhozat (Béla Tarr, 1988) aka Damnation

Damnation (Béla Tarr, 1988)
Rating: 8.3

This film is beautifully photographed, and a has a incredible soundscape that combined with the desolate environment, creates an truly dismal atmosphere. Tonally this film is a triumph. The problem I had with it is often too wordy and philosophical for it's own good. Tarr himself admits that the premise is intentionally simple and banal, but the film still delivers some memorable imagery such as Karrer crawling on all fours and barking at a stray dog in the rain, the emotionless sex scene where the camera wanders away from the two lovers around the room until we see their reflections in the mirror only to continue panning away from them, and the repetition of the creaking mining carts passing by.

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