Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)
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Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)
Suffering from economic hardships that slowly rip apart their once harmonious relationship, a married couple (Judit Pogany and Robert Koltai) struggle to keep everything together -- yet the husband becomes increasingly passive and the wife increasingly strident as time goes by. Their difficulties are created and portrayed by the spontaneous reactions of the actors themselves, following outlines of the story rather than the memorized lines of a scripted scenario. With minimal editing and direct sound that includes the noise of the camera, the black-and-white realism is rather bleak, reflecting… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An unrelenting, smell-the-sour-breath portrait of a blue-collar marriage dissolving under pressure from Communist-era poverty, masculine inadequacy, and restless depression."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's the rawness of the film that makes us believe we are unquestionably seeing the truth."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's third feature (1982) is the best of his early forays into Cassavetes-style social realism."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[S]o painfully real that it almost becomes unendurable..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
" an Eastern Bloc tribute to Britain's kitchen sink dramas."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"[It] is the best of [Tarr's] early works because it achieves such a degree of intimacy that its lack of ostentatious filmmaking never impedes its ability to observe its characters."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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