Satantango

Satantango ★★★★★

If you haven't seen Satantango yet, you owe it to yourself to change that immediately. It's totally worth 450 minutes of your lifetime. One of those rare perfect films (even though, it didn't feel like film, it was a real time experience through the Hungarian countryside), that cannot be described in words, you just have to witness yourself.

I don't know how the hell a mortal can be capable of pulling off this huge, gigantic masterpiece with such realism and simplicity. It's beyond me. Béla Tarr is a genius, and his most effective, mind-boggling long takes often seem pretty simple, effortless, and straightforward. It must be magic!

The opening of the film that follows the bunch of cows roaming around the streets of farm town, that undoubtedly has to be one of the most eye-catching and incredible panning shots in the cinematic history. Perhaps only Béla Tarr would dare to try such stuff and make it work so well.

I have only seen two Béla Tarr films so far, and he has suddenly become one of my all time favorite filmmakers. Satantango might be his best work. A devastating and extensive glimpse into the dark forest of human nature.

Order, freedom, however, has nothing human. It's something divine, something our lives are too short for us to know properly. We have to believe in both, we suffer from both. But human life is meaningful, rich, beautiful and filthy. It links everything. It mistreats freedom only, wasting it, as if it was junk. People don't like freedom, they are afraid of it. The strange thing is there is nothing to fear about freedom, order, on the other hand, can often be frightening.

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