The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi)
- France / Germany / Hungary
- 2h 15min
- 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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Reviews & features
The Man From London8 Jan 2009
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 seem…
The Man from London (A London férfi)16 Aug 2007
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 Swinton9 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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