Kárhozat, (Damnation)
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Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr began his career making social realist domestic dramas, similar to the work of John Cassavettes. The feature before Damnation, Almanac of Fall, showed Tarr moving toward a more visually stylized form of filmmaking. With Damnation, the first of his collaborations with novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Tarr adopts a formally rigorous style, featuring long takes and slow tracking shots of the bleak landscape that surrounds the characters. Shot in black-and-white, Damnation tells the story of Karrer (Miklos B. Szekely), a depressed man in love with a married woman (Vali… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a serotonin-depleted ordeal, and yet seemingly a sketchbook of vibes and ideas to come, with some of the most magnificent black-and-white images shot anywhere in the world."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A more awesomely bleak portrait of town life is hard to conceive."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Gloom was never photographed so smartly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tarr's uncompromisingly tragic view of the human condition is well supported by a rigorous formal approach, resulting in an austere work of art."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If its grey aura of despair sometimes hangs a mite heavily, it's certainly worth persevering with for a pay-off that is as perverse as it is powerful."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Beginning with a long, slow tracking shot of a coal transport gondola being viewed by a man from his window, we immediately note a director in complete control. The scene is meticulously composed..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In terms of creating a strong cinematic world, Tarr has few equals."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Not cheery, perhaps, but a gorgeously shot and beautifully composed piece that is not as depressing as it might appear."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The near miracle is that something so compulsively watchable can be made out of a setting and society that seem so depressive and petrified."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"nobody subjects humanity to doom-laden fatalism quite like Tarr, and Damnation is unmissable for fans of the auteur's oeuvre, or of mud-spattered miserabilism in general."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Intellectually provocative and ultimately profoundly affecting."
‑ Jason Wood, BBC
"A ponderous film which for all its moments of beauty and exceptional ugliness is still a trial to watch."
‑ , Film4
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