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      Almanac of Fall

      1984 2h 2m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 74% Audience Score 250+ Ratings An elderly woman, her son, a teacher, a young nurse and the nurse's lover share cramped quarters in Hungary. Read More Read Less

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      Jeremiah Kipp Slant Magazine If we subscribe to the idea that the profiteering of man leads to the death of an absent God's morals, the unrest of Almanac of Fall lays down the first stones. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 29, 2006 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader The mise en scene often seems to be composed in counterpoint to the action, but the drama itself (whose Strindbergian power and sexual conflicts are realized with an intensity and concentration that suggests John Cassavetes) carries plenty of charge. Feb 13, 2001 Full Review Angelos Koutsourakis PopMatters This is one of the few films by Tarr which is shot in colour. Excessive mise-en-scène prevails over story-development and the director manages brilliantly to politicise the narrative without bringing a political subject matter tout court. Feb 21, 2024 Full Review Marty Mapes Movie Habit Pair them up and pit them against each other Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 12, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 24, 2005 Full Review Jeremy Heilman Throughout, Tarr seems exasperated by the capacity of each to believe that they are justified in their machinations, and in his inability to accept their individual actions, he seems to be expressing disgust and outrage at all of society. Rated: 4/4 Mar 23, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member As a lurid and intensely melodramatic chamber piece, "Almanac of Fall" is both fascinating and frustrating. Ever shifting through a dusky color palette that heightens the decay and decadence of this strikingly intimate work, we follow the pathetic machinations of several desperate down and outers as they jockey incessantly for position in the pitiful power hierarchy within a deteriorating flat. In the process, we are subjugated to relentlessly elliptical dialogue and semi-intelligible strategizing that always seems to evade our grasp, forcing us to drink in the film's tone and atmosphere as a substitute for coherent meaning. Despite these challenges, the very ellipsis that frustrates us also expresses the undercurrent of this painfully fatalistic work in a more relevant way than the most sophisticated of prose. There is a beauty and artistic maturity here that we can't ignore, even though we sometimes find ourselves fighting to hang on. While too disorganized and elusive to qualify as a great work, "Almanac of Fall" offers a memorable glimpse into the unique mind of a filmmaker whose work would ascend to more impressive heights. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Once again I was subjected to watching yet another horrendous piece of filth by Bela Tarr under duress of a dare by my loving husband. Regardless of the diverse use of lighting or camera angles. Bela Tarrs only focus appears to be on filming in Run down condemned buildings .Only casting the most unwashed actors he can find who think the excessive use of eyeliner can cover it. As with all of this directors work ;his themes never change. Every movie he has ever produced depict the story of jobless vagrants who incessantly rant on about their sense of entitlement without being willing to engage in any form of honest work . Instead we get to sit through endless images of what appear to be feces streaked walls that match each characters personalities. Dont expect any light at the end of this pitiful tunnel from Hell. No one ever learns from their mistakes or grows up . All of Bela Tarrs work is stunted in growth polished in detestable drabness that never ends. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Bela Tarr's Almanac of Fall disposes of the stark black and white photography and the signature long takes, but hardly suffers for it as it is replaced with interesting color juxtaposition, an excellent script, and unique camera movements that showcase Tarr's mastery of framing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member The gorgeous cinematography and mise-en-scène bring to mind Tarkovsky's works, while the uncomfortable narrative is centered on a group of petty characters who manipulate one another in ways that bring to mind Fassbinder, and so the result is something quite different from Tarr's previous films. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Fassbendar +å¨?家 = like â?¤Best slap scene â?¡â?¡â?¡ Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Sublimely intelligent examination of close relationships and their abrupt destruction provoked by irresponsibility. Tarr's masterful gloominess and camera management helps an intoxicating aura of tension to arise and suffocate a set of defenseless characters. Mihály Vig's absorbing score is genius. What is most admirable about this film is its accuracy at stripping down those fears that only people that have deep relationships can understand, and those that are difficult to put into words. 99/100 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An elderly woman, her son, a teacher, a young nurse and the nurse's lover share cramped quarters in Hungary.
      Béla Tarr
      Béla Tarr
      Original Language
      2h 2m