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      Sátántangó

      1994 7h 19m Comedy Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 92% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In Bela Tarr's seven-hour episodic film, inhabitants of a small village in Hungary deal with the effects of the fall of Communism. The town's source of revenue, a factory, has closed, and the locals, who include a doctor (Putyi Horvath) and three couples, await a cash payment offered in the wake of the shuttering. Irimias (Mihaly Vig), a villager thought to be dead, returns and, unbeknownst to the locals, is a police informant. In a scheme, he persuades the villagers to form a commune with him. Read More Read Less

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      Spencer Parsons Austin Chronicle You not only make it through but actually enjoy nearly eight hours of rainy, black-and-white bleakness about the failure of a communal farm, and you've earned significant envy in some quarters. Rated: 4/5 Apr 30, 2020 Full Review Dan Jardine Slant Magazine The food is delicious...but the portions are SO LARGE! Rated: 86/100 Aug 1, 2010 Full Review Nick Pinkerton Village Voice Its seven-hour runtime warns off dabblers, the one-screening-a-day bulk defies profit motive, and its protagonists -- Tarr's "poor, ugly, sad, and damned people" -- deny expectations of pleasure. It is also, at times, funny as hell. Oct 20, 2009 Full Review Susan Sontag Artforum Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life. May 2, 2024 Full Review Angelos Koutsourakis PopMatters Satantango is about a collective farm in a village which is taken by Irimias and Petrina...again, formal experimentation, such as uninterrupted time images predominate over cause and effect narration. Rated: 9/10 Feb 22, 2024 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills This maxi-minimalism is in service of an existentially bleak yet questing personal cinema... Jul 18, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Simon T Why do I prefer Bela Tarr's movies to anything by Tarkovsky? For all his stylistic quirks - the long takes, the relentless rain and mud, the grinding poverty of his characters - there is always a humanity beneath the surface, an understanding of human frailty. In this massive 7-hour epic he gives us a community who have lost their purpose and now drown their sadness in drink and wild dancing, failing to notice that one of their children has poisoned her pet cat and taken her own life. This in turn leads to a returning villager exploiting their grief and running off with all their money. You do have to surrender to the slow pacing of all Bela Tarr's films - I must admit that I found the final section testing - but they are endlessly rewarding and very different to anything you'll have seen before. And very beautiful too. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review Sean H This movie is like a 7 and a half hour of a constipated person trying to have a bowel movement. It's a disgust to any Hungarian who suffered the horrors of communism!!!! Shame on the reviewers!!!! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 12/21/23 Full Review J.J. L I found a way to watch this film and not feel like I wasted time. I type this review while looking at it, I check email and surf my social media feed. I play solitaire. Try to do that at a cinema for 7 hours... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Audience Member I just lost a day forcing myself to watch this. There was a lot of fast forward going on but still it's a tedious waste of time. I only watched because it makes so many top 100 lists so it piqued my interest but jeez even by Béla Tarr standards this is self indulgent. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review ranjan d By far the most engrossing film by any director i have seen in a8ng time. You never feel that passage of 7+ hours go by....Bela Tarrs Direction and film language is unique. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Giving this movie more than 1 Star is being overly generous to say the least. The 2nd star is only for the sake of one Character I found remotely entertaining and amusing and that was the Doctor. Had this film revolved around him entirely; I might have been able to endure the painful 7 1/2 hours of never-ending Torture of having watched it. And the only reason I managed to stumble across this bizarre work of Bela Tarr's was purely motivated on a dare by my Cinephile husband who swears by Tarr's genius. Unfortunately the only geniuses I recognized were the Poor Cows left to their own devices at the beginning of the film with nothing to do but look bored. I could relate to their muse more than any human being portrayed in this circle jerk of a chase for more money and change that never arrived at its destination. In the end everyone ended right back at square one only this time at a different location without a self sustaining farmland or their Cattle. Why anyone would abandon those cows to begin with remains a mystery... Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Bela Tarr's seven-hour episodic film, inhabitants of a small village in Hungary deal with the effects of the fall of Communism. The town's source of revenue, a factory, has closed, and the locals, who include a doctor (Putyi Horvath) and three couples, await a cash payment offered in the wake of the shuttering. Irimias (Mihaly Vig), a villager thought to be dead, returns and, unbeknownst to the locals, is a police informant. In a scheme, he persuades the villagers to form a commune with him.
      Director
      Béla Tarr
      Producer
      György Fehér, Joachim von Vietinghoff, Ruth Waldburger
      Screenwriter
      Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Béla Tarr
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Hungarian
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 22, 2008
      Runtime
      7h 19m