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Man From London
     

The Man From London

Director: Béla Tarr

Cast: Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, Erika Bok

 
A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Béla Tarr's philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind

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A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Béla Tarr's philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind eye to the inevitable decay that surrounded him. Upon bearing witness to a shocking murder, however, the man who once lived a life of quiet solitude is forced to wrestle with such profound issues as punishment, mortality, and the sin of complicity in a crime he didn't even commit. Now, despite Maloin's simple wish to be free and happy, he must journey deep within his inner-self to confront emotions that he never once fathomed in his long yet uneventful existence.

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All Movie Guide
Hungarian director Béla Tarr eschews heavy dialogue and plotting for cinematically pleasing show-don't-tell approaches typified by long takes, patient rhythms, minimal performances, and stark close-ups. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, The Man From London is a crime thriller on cough syrup, stripped to psychological minimalism focusing on the nature of guilt and the moral (and visual) gradations between light and dark rooted in a dank Central European Catholicism. In the film's superb extended opening shots, port night watchman Maloin (Miroslav Krobot) silently observes a suitcase-with-money handoff gone bad and then retrieves the money for himself. Eventually the temptation wears on him and he commits a grave act of violence. The camerawork of cinematographer Fred Kelemen consists of takes that move so slowly they almost constitute still portraits or landscapes. The Steadicam rhythms lull viewers into contemplation, which sounds like (but is not) a cop-out for tedium. There are a few clunky scenes given the exactitude displayed elsewhere. Tilda Swinton, her speech dubbed into Hungarian as Maloin's wife, is distracting. When dialogue is spoken, some actors tend to rush to infuse it with too much emotion. Nonetheless, the film's greatest moments are still as revelatory and hauntingly sparse as Tarr's best work. The Man From London was featured in the 45th New York Film Festival, the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0698452208930
Original Release:
2007
Source:
Kimstim
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
49,837

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Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miroslav Krobot Maloin
Tilda Swinton Camélia
Erika Bok Henriette
Janos Derzsi Brown
Agi Szirtes Mrs. Brown
Istvan Lenart Morrison

Technical Credits
Béla Tarr Director,Screenwriter
János Breckl Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Pascal Chalard Art Director
Christoph Hahnheiser Producer
Ágnes Hranitzky Art Director,Editor
Fred Kelemen Cinematographer
Gyorgy Kovacs Sound/Sound Designer
László Krasznahorkai Screenwriter
Laszlo Rajk Art Director
Paul Saadoun Producer
Gabor Teni Producer
Joachim von Vietinghoff Producer
Mihály Vig Score Composer
Miriam Zachar Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man from London
1. Opening Credits [1:11]
2. The Boat and the Train [17:56]
3. The Briefcase [9:17]
4. "What's New?" [9:24]
5. Breakfast and Bed [4:48]
6. Dinner [6:44]
7. "What Shall I Tell Mitchell?" [14:50]
8. "Get Your Things and Come" [2:44]
9. "What Have You Done?" [13:17]
10. Police Inspector Morrison [7:50]
11. Burglary Or Murder [15:33]
12. The Hut [7:43]
13. "Arrest Me" [7:46]
14. "Go Home and Forget the Whole Thing" [8:31]
15. End Credits [7:19]

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