Katalin Varga
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Antal Borlan's loving wife never suspected that her devoted and kind husband would be responsible for a past atrocity. Antal believes he has God's forgiveness and that his enduring marriage is testament to his redemption. An avenging angel by the name of Katalin Varga scales the Carpathian Mountains by horse and is in possession of the one thing that can redefine Antal's notion of redemption. Yet Katalin cannot fully comprehend the notion of vengeance until the devastating trail she leaves behind in her search for Antal finally catches up with her.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film of remarkable assurance and intensity."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Like a folk tale crossed with a thriller and road movie. Without a doubt it is one of the best new British films of the year, if you can justly call it fully British."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Newcomer Peter Strickland's slow-burning tale of female revenge in deepest Romania impresses with its pared-down storytelling, its eerie visual and aural atmosphere and the ambiguity of its characterizations."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"An impressive debut from expat British director Peter Strickland with a powerful central performance from Hilda Péter."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"An eerie, intelligent drama lifted into the realm of must-see territory thanks to Péter's gently nuanced performance, plus a haunting soundtrack."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The most striking aspect of a slow, self-consciously poetic film is the complex soundtrack."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A complex moral terrain and slow-burning tone reminiscent of Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) announce the arrival of a genuine film-making talent."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Deliberately paced, it has the timeless, brooding quality of a tragic folk tale, in which violence begets more violence. Strickland builds and sustains an ominous atmosphere through stark images, artfully heightened sound design and an otherworldly score."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Be warned, this is an intense, dark story where no one makes the right decisions. If you can handle that, Katalin Varga will be a name you won't forget."
‑ , Sun Online
"Impressive as it is, though, you can't help feeling it's essentially a festival favourite that will be more admired than enjoyed."
‑ Stuart McGurk, Times [UK]
"Superb central performances in this tragic drama."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A slow-moving, insistently gripping, faintly Dostoyevskian tale of violence and retribution set in the swooningly photographed Hungarian countryside."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Tidy revenge tragedy that successfully resists the influence of the Romanian New Wave."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Filmstar Magazine
"Misery at 24 frames per second."
‑ , Financial Times
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