Family Nest
Family Nest
Family Nest
Family Nest
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Family Nest

Béla Tarr 1979

Béla Tarr’s debut feature—undertaken when the director was a twenty-two-year-old student at Balázs Béla Studio—is a raw, unflinching social drama that exposes Hungary’s broken domestic culture as well as the Communist regime’s byzantine policies. The action revolves around a family in crisis: Laci (László Horváth) returns unannounced from a stint in the army to find his father (Gábor Kun) and mother (Gáborné Kún) at war with his wife, Irén (Irén Szajki), over uninvited guests and suspected adultery. Eventually driven out of her in-laws’ home, Irén must navigate the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of public housing. Prior to his patented long-take style, Tarr shot with nonprofessional actors and quasi-documentary camera techniques, methods that in Family Nest evoke relentless claustrophobia and entrapment.


  • 108 min
  • B&W
  • 1.37:1


  • DCP

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