Strickland’s intricate screenplay thrives on not letting us see around the next corner until the very last moment – scenes are often trailed with mysterious preambles, such as when Katalin seduces a man around a campfire and then follows him to a bar before her intentions become clear. Visually, Strickland portrays the same, Romany milieu as Tony Gatlif does but clearly with his mind on the desolate landscapes of the American western. Technical flourishes, such as deploying dense soundscapes of white noise and ambient yelping, imbue unremarkable scenes with a brooding, ambiguous tension. There’s the occasional contrivance to shunt the story onwards, but it’s not enough to cloud the fact that Strickland and his star, Peter, have delivered a film of remarkable assurance and intensity.
|Release date:||Friday October 9 2009|
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I enjoyed this film, a simple story set in an unusual landscape and societyl. Given the pap on general release at the moment this is a good escape and you won't need to shell out for 3D glasses.
Sad, gripping story that stays with you for days. Fantastic kandscape, striking faces, musical and sound reminiscences of Shining and Hukkle. Highly recommended.