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The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi)

  • 2007
  • France/Germany/Hungary
  • 135 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Béla Tarr
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Miroslav Krobot, Erika Bók

This adaptation of a lesser-known novel by Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon focuses on the inherent existentialism of the text. Stationed in a signal box at an unnamed French seaport, reclusive railway worker Maloin's (Krobot) humdrum life is overturned after he witnesses a murder. Prompted to awake from his mechanical existence, Maloin undertakes actions that lead him inexorably towards his fate.

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The Man From London

8 Jan 20093 stars

DRAMA/MYSTERY Given Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr’s penchant for prolonged gloomy probings into the nature of human existence (see his 450-minute Satan’s Tango), this adaptation of a lesser-known novel by Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon would…

The Man from London (A London férfi)

16 Aug 20074 stars

Despite its troublesome and lengthy production history, Hungarian master auteur Béla Tarr’s newest film is another work of elegant despair. Closer to his 1988 film Damnation than the more recent Sátántangó or Werckmeister Harmonies in its length and…

Tilda Swinton

9 Aug 2007

Even without her bright beacon of red hair, it would be difficult to miss Tilda Swinton at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Enjoying her inaugural year as patron, alongside the venerable Sir Sean Connery, you can take your pick when it…

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