What's on the menu in what Bela Tarr claims to be his last film? Four hot potatoes. Which is to say, really, eight hot potatoes, since both father and daughter, the two main characters in this film, get to eat a hot potato for dinner each night. In a film consisting of only 40 shots, the potato dinners do take up a lot of screentime. That's okay. It's what you've got to expect from a Bela Tarr movie. But if…
The late Portuguese art-house director João César Monteiro also takes the lead role as 'João de Deus' in this perverse and perverted film about an ice-cream maker/pubic hair collector/horny septuagenarian. And with a character like that it's hard to go wrong.
I must have seen this film about 15 yrs ago and certain scenes still live strong in my mind. Even more memorable due to the dodgy subtitles that accompanied the print I saw, I can highly recommend you do not take your mother to see this.
Not that I did that of course.