The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr

The Outsider

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The Outsider
Szabadgyalog | Béla Tarr, 1981
Hungary | Format: 35mm | 122 minutes

In Tarr’s gritty second feature, a continuation of the social inquiry begun in Family Nest, aimless young musician András (András Szabó) drifts through a series of jobs—and women—in a Budapest that offers little possibility of la vie bohème. In a bar, he meets Kata (Jolon Fodor) and the two soon marry, despite their limited means and the fact that András already has a child from a previous relationship. They do not live happily ever after. A finely wrought portrait of everyday despair, The Outsider pulls us deeply into the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive in a society that can find no place for them.

Note: The 35mm print being screened is 30 years old and slightly faded. Its use has been approved by the director.

Image courtesy of MAFILM / THE KOBAL COLLECTION

Series: The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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