Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)
Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People) (1982)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 9, 1982
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

An unrelenting, smell-the-sour-breath portrait of a blue-collar marriage dissolving under pressure from Communist-era poverty, masculine inadequacy, and restless depression.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the rawness of the film that makes us believe we are unquestionably seeing the truth.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's third feature (1982) is the best of his early forays into Cassavetes-style social realism.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]o painfully real that it almost becomes unendurable...

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews an Eastern Bloc tribute to Britain's kitchen sink dramas.

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Jeremy Heilman

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
I don't understand Tarr's taste for redundant monologues in his early works when so much is already shown on screen, and here in this solid,… More