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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Felix Lajko
Sandor Gaspar
Orsolya Toth
Lili Monori.
Directors
Kornel Mundruczo.
Screenwriters
Yvette Biro
Kornel Mundruczo.
Running Time
93 minutes

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Delta
Incest and ignorance on the banks of the Danube


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Plot
The incestuous affair between a brother and sister create violent ruptures within a rural Danube community.


Review
Delta
With Béla Tarr acting as script consultant, this treatise on incest and ignorance owes more to his studies of spiritual malaise than Kornél Mundruczó’s musical, Johanna. Even so, the tragic climax feels operatic after the restraint of the preceding action.

Returning to his Danube home, taciturn Félix Lajkó so disapproves of mum Lili Monori’s remarriage that he moves to his late father’s island. But it’s Lajkó’s relationship with feisty sister Orsi Tóth that arouses the curiosity of the misanthropic locals. Shimmeringly shot and directed with an affinity for the simplicity of Lajkó’s construction, this meditation on personal freedom is insinuatingly transgressive.


Verdict
A powerful meditation on personal freedom from a Hungarian auteur.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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