Cert: 12A Year: 2000 Length: 145 mins Language: Hungarian/German
Bela Tarr has no contemporary equal. He makes films on a monumental scale; films that unfold gradually and gracefully. Werkmeister Harmonies is based on the novel The Melancholy Of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai. It takes place in an unnamed small Hungarian town that is visited in the night by a mysterious figure and his travelling sensation.
This is a work where any attempt at meaning is futile. Tarr immerses the viewer in his unique, singular, cinematic universe. The succession of long, very long, takes will have you enraptured or enraged - one way or another you will be opinionated by this film.
Winner Berlin International Film Festival Reader Jury 2002
Unique, mesmeric, sublime
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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