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Öszi almanach

Béla Tarr Hungary, 1984

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Almanac of Fall

What a wonderful world it isn't, here as elsewhere for Tarr. Still, this film plays differently, being as richly colorful as it is emotionally claustrophobic. Essentially a chamber piece -- all of the action takes place in the same apartment, with the only hint of an exit being provided by the professor as he's dragged away by police -- Almanac breathes an air of Strindbergian despair. The devil is comfortable there.