Tuesday 22 October 2019

Sunset review: 'Kafkaesque, melodramatic, enthralling'

4 stars

László Nemes' 'Sunset'
László Nemes' 'Sunset'
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Laszlo Nemes’ sumptuously photographed drama is set in 1913 in Budapest, where the existential anxieties of the Austro-Hungarian Empire are embodied in the slender form of Irisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), a young woman with a dark past.

She bears the name of the city’s most stylish hat store, Leiter’s: her parents died there in a fire when she was two, and Irisz was raised elsewhere but now returns, looking for work, and answers.

Instead she finds secrets, a wall of silence, and dark rumours about a murderous brother she never knew she had.

Full of dark portents of the continental carnage to come, Sunset is Kafkaesque, melodramatic, enthralling.

(No Cert, IFI, 144mins)

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