Superbly photographed and choreographed images reveal a remote farming community on the precipice of economic and spiritual oblivion. Morality and compassion have all but evaporated. Time seems to be standing still. Some residents want to steal whatever they can and make a run for it. Others have put their faith in Irimiás, a charismatic villager who was presumed dead and has now returned with persuasive messages of hope. Beautiful, grotesque, suspenseful and darkly comic, Sátántangó is an unforgettable study in human behaviour and a rich allegory for the death throes of Hungarian Communism. Rarely, if ever, has seven-hours-plus of cinema been as compulsively and magnificently watchable as this.
Screens with 2 intervals