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Visually, there's an elegance to "The Door" that feels both a virtue and a limitation.
Only cinemagoers who've enjoyed the cringe-worthy cine-sadism of watching train wrecks like Tommy Wiseau's The Room and Plan 9 from Outer Space could and should embrace this turd.
Without make up or any adornments, the haggard Helen Mirren cooks, cleans and growls her way through this intimate, well-handled two-hander opposite the equally able Martina Gedeck.
This film is a failure on a catastrophic level.
An absorbing and complex character drama, but one that's difficult to connect to at times.
There's something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work.
Seems like a creative miscalculation by all concerned. The dialogue is clumsy in translation, the great director István Szabó seems to have lost his subtlety and his eye for performance
The film has a formality and stilted quality about it that is distancing
Mirren and Gedeck shine but stirring Hungarian drama has its faults.
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