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SON OF SAUL (2015)

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A film by László Nemes

Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn

Son of Saul is not you typical war film and it is film differently as well. It is a horrible look at life and death in Auschwitz-Birkenau near the tail end of World War II. The camera shows us every corner of mindless evil lurking in the death camp. it is brutal, unbelievable, visceral, discussing and you will smell the dead body though the screen. I never seen it film like that ever. The film is shot in one frame except a few time where it was not. It is difficult to do it that way the camera man has to follow the actor as they have to know their line and what happens around them has to be synchronize just right.

It follows Saul (Géza Röhrig)  who herds victims into the gas chamber and cleans up the room afterwards, collecting the bodies into piles and scrubbing the floor clean of bodily fluids. You see Saul is a jew who is force to do that in order to survive and he does it like he has gotten used to it almost mechanically. One day when the gas chamber is being cleared, he spots the body of a boy he believes is his missing son. He wants him to have a proper burial so he goes though out the camp in search of a rabbi.

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Saul’s search takes him into every corner of the camp: not only the gas chambers, also in the crematoria, at the warehouse and by the river where they dump ashes into it, in the offices, and the fire pit. He puts himself in danger more than a few time he won’t let it go plus his friends are preparing something. Nemes follows him with a hand-held camera focusing only on his face. The film is shot in the Academy aspect ratio, 1.37, so there is not much room in the frame other than Saul’s head you will be to see the horror around him but it will be blurry. You will see the atrocities in a blurry manner , hear them even. It is more brutal that way a lot more horrifying. It depicts the routine of death which was never shown in film before. The workers in the camp the filthy  condition that there are in, the quarters of the worker even the lack of food to eat. All that is taking in consideration. It is 2 days in a life of Saul. Do not miss this one.

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WHITE GOD (2014)

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A film by Kornél Mundruczó

Cast: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth

Thirteen-year-old Lili goes to live with her father for a while. She brings her dogs with her. The thing is that the father cannot keep the dog in the apartment he is pressure by the super to pay more for rent. One day after the fact Lili’s father is fed up and decided to get rid go the dogand trow him in the street.. Lili broken up decided to look for the dog the next day will the dog forgive her?

The first scene of the film you will go dam! it looks like 28 days later but it is not. Great film by Kornél Mundruczó. by now everybody has seen the Birds by Alfred Hitchcock, this film makes me think about White GodI am not going to tell you much about the film for those who didn’t see it yet. So when the dog gets ditch out the mixed race dog called Hagen get a friend an other dog that he meets and meets other dogs along the way and helps each other to escape the people from the pound. But the film takes an unexpected turn. You see it becomes a film for children that is probably why one audience member left the theater Like I said it take a turn and becomes a film for adult. The nightmare Hagen is beginning to unfold. You see what people can do to mistreat dogs. Thanks for Kornél Mundruczó to mix certain film genre in this film. Great cinematography especially at the last scene of the movie. everywhere in the world there is a class of men like that who has hate in their blood and the table can turn around at any time Mundruczó shows us just that. Has been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival un certain regard Grand Prix. 

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KONTROL (2003)

A film by Nimród Antal Ghost

Cast: Sándor Csányi, Eszter Balla, Zoltán Mucsi

Trains and ghostly characters, Hookers and shady characters figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system in Hungary . Bulcsú’s (Sándor Csányi) life that once was, on the surface, where the real people go home after work, who go to the movies or a fine restaurant is now replaced by the dark, cold and solitude arena of his new dwellings. He, and his motley crew of ragtag metro ticket Kontrollers must patrol the trains that run these City dwellers back and forth and with daily ritual, check that no one dare come down into their world for a free ride. With indifferent passengers, a possible love interest, a regime set on competition and to top it all a mysterious serial killer at large, Kontroll is a dark and bleak comedy of the world of the ticket inspector, who, in the end must keep this Metro system running. If not, what would be the worst that could happen, if they ever lost control? Dare you ride here for free, too?
“Kontroll,” which takes place entirely within the Budapest subway system, such a subterranean world has a permanent population.
The trains are run on an honor system, and inspectors with red and black armbands prowl the underground, asking riders to show their tickets. Many riders consider the trains to be free and treat the inspectors like vagrants asking for a handout. basically like the one in Paris.
There is a killer in the system, a hooded figure who emerges from the shadows to push passengers in front of trains. He seems to know the underground as well as the kontrollers and, like the Phantom of the Opera, to occupy his own hidden world. “Kontroll” is the first work by a director who is clearly gifted and who has found a way to make a full-bore action movie on a limited budget; there are no special effects in the movie, all of the trains are real, and I gather at one point when we see Bulscu barely crawling onto a platform ahead of a moving train, he is really doing exactly that.
great film I am going to see it again.