Far from a ''masterpiece'' but nevertheless, still a very good film. I enjoyed it, the acting is great and so is the directing and lighting as well as other technical aspects. But the characters felt very underdeveloped, cold and annoying at times. Also, some scenes felt very out of place, confusing and unnecessary e.g. the whipping scene at the start and 2 other, similar ones later in the film. Another problem that I had with the film was the last…
The biggest disappointment of the year and I went into this with very low expectations. A film so annoying, gimmicky, full of itself, boring, migraine-inducing and bland. Watching it I felt as if something's wrong with my eyes, it felt very distracting and unnatural. The only ''alright'' thing about it was the acting which wasn't great but wasn't bad. I admire its ambition but it fails at pretty much everything. 60% of the film was flashbacks of van Gogh's life, it quickly became boring and unbelievably annoying, cut those parts out and you get yourself a short film, which is more than likely to be better.
I seem to slowly become a fan of Hungarian cinema. Films like Werckmeister Harmonies, Satantango, Turin Horse, and now Son of Saul prove that Hungary is one of the best countries when it comes to cinema. The film is captivating, disturbing and honest, the film has exceptional camerawork and framing, the whole film is either a close up of Saul's back or his face which makes the film feel more claustrophobic, and everything that's happening is in the background, at…
Quiet, beautiful and hopeless. Not characters but people.
Not a story, or a plot, but a life portrayed. The singing scene is one of my favorite scenes ever, and the music, ''Rain'' by Mihaly Vig to be exact, is probably one of the best pieces of music my ears have ever heard of. The cinematography here is one of the best in Tarr's films and all of his films are absolutely mesmerizing. An undiluted odyssey for a search of hope.