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Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo (Johanna) helmed this bucolic incest-themed drama. The picture reflects on man's need to re-bond with his natural habitat, and meditates on the unseemly consequences of fraternal love that drifts into unacceptable territory. Felix Lajko stars as the unnamed protagonist, who hearkens back to his family's agrarian home after years away. Unkempt, unshaven and noticeably laconic, he makes contact with his sister (Orsi Toth of Johanna), his mother (Lili Monori) and his mother's recent husband, a brutish sociopath (Sandor Gaspar) - who uniformly toil… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mundruczó works this stock tale into a deliberately paced parable of desire and dread."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A beautifully atmospheric vessel that will seem infinitely deep to some and chafingly dry to others."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"quiet and acute, but its central relationship suggests sublime lunacy that is never realized."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"A putatively humanistic film that succeeds more indelibly as a mythic image-poem."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Thanks to cinematographer Matyas Erdely, it's so beautiful to look at that the experience is more like walking through a gallery than watching a film."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"For all its lofty thematic intentions, this thing has precious little to say."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Unreal characters and story shackle this gloomy tale of unconventional love between a long-lost brother and sister."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Quietly moving, well-nuanced, lyrical and breathtaking to behold."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A gloomy fable about Eastern European misery and incest along the Danube, that's semi-interesting without being interesting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Strikingly shot though it is, this Hungarian film, by Kornel Mundruczo, is sunk by a drama that represents art-house cinema at its worst: a dull, gloomy tale that skirts questions of plausibility."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Mundruczó generates a moderate amount of intrigue from the build-up but stubbornly resists handling his themes in any direct and digestible fashion."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Delta is a Hungarian film that rigorously upholds the conventions of the festival art film genre."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Having played in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Korneo Mundruczo's plaintive contemplation of the deceptive duality between natural beauty and nature's immutable laws--as both broken and inflicted--"Delta" is an art house film of the first"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Despite home front deprivation, films like 'Delta' give evidence of Budapest's reserve of talent and promise."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Menace escalates to rape and then murder. It's like a solemn, slow-motion version of Straw Dogs with the wrong side winning."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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