Hungary’s official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards is a cerebral, stylish and romantic noir mystery that evokes the films of Hitchcock while putting a feminist spin on classic screen
Hungary’s official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards is a cerebral, stylish and romantic noir mystery that evokes the films of Hitchcock while putting a feminist spin on classic screen tropes.
Márta Vizy is a 39-year-old Hungarian neurosurgeon. After 20 years in the United States, she returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous at the Liberty Bridge with János, a fellow doctor she met at a conference in New Jersey. Márta waits in vain, while the love of her life is nowhere to be seen. When she finally tracks him down, the bewildered man claims the two have never met.
Writer-director Lili Horvát spins a delicate web of contrasts and silent explosions that shift the viewer’s understanding. Shot with impeccable symmetry on entrancing 35mm, it is an Orphic tale reminding us that, while the heart is an abstruse trickster, the human brain — ruling us with over 80 billion interconnected neurons — is our most complex organ.
“Slippery, supple and sinuous, Hungarian director Lili Horvát’s deliciously reworked psychological noir is a spiral staircase, polished to a glossy shine, down which unreliable motivations, self-delusions and romantic obsessions tumble in gorgeous 35mm.”- Variety
“This tale of obsession is so sensuous and richly detailed that you can hardly wait for the mystery to be explained.”- The Wall Street Journal
“Horvat’s subversive portrait of obsession flips the femme fatale trope on its head by taking the enigmatic woman’s point of view.”- Critic’s Pick- New York Times
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