OUT 22 SEPTEM­BER / CERT 18 / 116 MINS DI­REC­TOR ildikó Enyedi CAST Alexandra Bor­bély, Géza Morc­sányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider

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RE­TURN­ING AF­TER 18 years (and win­ning Ber­lin’s Golden Bear for his ef­forts), Hun­gar­ian au­teur ildikó Enyedi has con­cocted an en­tic­ing al­le­gory that bal­ances ro­man­tic whimsy and grim re­al­ity. Dur­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion at an ab­bat­toir, psy­chi­a­trist Klára (Tenki) dis­cov­ers he and the fi­nance di­rec­tor, En­dre (Morc­sányi), are hav­ing iden­ti­cal dreams about deer in a snow-cov­ered wood­land clear­ing. But this is no twee fan­tasy, the snows­capes starkly con­trast­ing with the sav­age func­tion­al­ity of the slaugh­ter­house and the judg­men­tal cru­elty of the staff can­teen. Slyly satiris­ing the na­tional mind­set either side of the demise of Com­mu­nism, this is witty, poignant and un­set­tling, but also too melo­dra­mat­i­cally con­trived.

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