Kárhozat, Hungarian drama, black-and-white, 1986, by Béla Tarr, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, Hungarian, 115'
Directed by Béla Tarr
Screenplay by László Krasznahorkai
Director of photography: Gábor Medvigy
Music by Mihály Víg
Cast: Miklós Székely B., Vali Kerekes, Hédi Temessy, Gyula Pauer, György Cserhalmi, Péter Breznyik Berg, Gáspár Ferdinandy, János Gémes
Production: Magyar Filmintézet, Magyar Televízió, MOKÉP
Karrer’s days are spent in immobile timelessness in a grey mining town. His one desire is tohave a relationship with the singer in a local bar. He receives a confidential commission fromthe bar owner to deliver a package, which he then hands on to the singer’s husband. In thehusband’s absence, Karrer gets close to the woman but later on she becomes the barowner’s lover. The cheated and deceived husband reports the whole lot of them to thepolice. The lead character analyses the deteriorating state in a series of lengthy monologues,in a grey environment disintegrating in nonstop rain and mud. Here, Béla Tarr refines hisblack series style that brought him international acclaim and was fulfilled in Satantango. Therepetitive music of Mihály Vígh acts as a particularly authentic layer reinforcing the image ofa crumbling and miserable Eastern Europe.