About

This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus tent, which is put up in the main square, to see — as the outcome of their wait — the chief attraction, the stuffed carcass of a real whale. Th...

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Directed by

Béla Tarr

Written by

Béla Tarr (Co-Writer)
László Krasznahorkai (Writer)

Runtime

145 minutes

Country

Hungary

Language

Hungarian

Cast

Keywords

woman director family relationships violence based on novel or book small town secret faith philosophy darkness circus surrealism symbolism dancer delusion chaos allegory hungary whale contemplative cinema harmony threat traveling circus

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