The Man From London

After several years’ absence, Bela Tarr returned to the big screen in 2007 with The Man From London, a philosophical noir parable that, in the hands of another director like Sam Fuller, would play fast ‘n’ rough, but in Tarr’s signature slow-burn style, radiates with a seductive, chilly intensity. The dreary Maloin (played with morbid creakiness by Miroslav Krobot) works at a gloomy seaside port, and catches a sudden murder taking place on a dock. He recovers a mysterious suitcase full of cash abandoned in the bloody struggle — which only worsens his despair-laden life, as the moral implications of keeping the loot weigh on him like concrete loafers. Tarr’s languid, epic takes, upwards of the ten-minute mark (as in the mesmeric opening shot, exploring every inch of the dock before shockingly switching gears to reveal the murderous act), offer stark accompaniment to the story of a man trapped in the ferocious ambience of his own indecision.
Dir. Bela Tarr, 2007, 35mm, 139 min.

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