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Családi tüzfészek | Béla Tarr, 1979
Hungary | Format: 35mm | 108 minutes
Made when he was 22, Tarr’s striking debut feature has been likened to the work of John Cassavetes and Ken Loach for its warts-and-all snapshot of a seven-member family sharing a small apartment during a national housing crisis. The overcrowding puts particular pressure on the marriage of Laci, a soldier newly discharged from the army, and his wife Irén, who spends her days searching in vain for a home of their own—and an escape from Laci’s belligerent father. Impressively acted by a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors, Family Nest offers a pungent critique of patriarchy in all its forms, and early evidence of Tarr’s innate mastery of the moving image.
Image courtesy of Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund