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Delta (2008)

A young man, Mihail returns to his village on the Danube delta after many years. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off ... See full summary »

Director:

Kornél Mundruczó

Writers:

Yvette Biro (screenplay) (as Bíró Yvette), Kornél Mundruczó (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Félix Lajkó Félix Lajkó ... Mihail / Brother
Orsolya Tóth ... Fauna / Sister (as Tóth Orsi)
Lili Monori Lili Monori ... Anya / Mother
Sándor Gáspár Sándor Gáspár ... Anya férje / Mother's husband-Fauna's stepfather
Gábor Fábián Gábor Fábián ... Uncle
Tamás Polgár Tamás Polgár ... Village boy
János Zancea János Zancea
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Storyline

A young man, Mihail returns to his village on the Danube delta after many years. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world. He has been away since early childhood and he is greeted by a stepfather he has never met before, as well as his mother and Fauna, a sister, he never knew he had A seemingly happy occasion, the man's return fractures the family. He decides to build a house out in the marshes, and his sister follows him - at first to help out, and later to live with him. As their relationship becomes increasingly close and intimate, they elicit the disapproval of their family and eventually of the community too. Written by lament

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Drama

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Country:

Hungary | Germany

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sto delta See more »

Filming Locations:

Danube Delta, Romania See more »

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Budget:

€1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After shooting the first half of the movie, the second half of filming was planned to start November 2006. After the sudden death of lead actor Lajos Bertók in July, the fate of the production was in jeopardy for months. Filming restarted in 2007 with Félix Lajkó taking the lead role. See more »

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Death and the Maiden
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Emerson String Quartet
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Hungarian Deliverence
11 January 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Mihail (Felix Lajko) has saved his money in the city to return to the village where his mother (Lili Monori) lives with her boyfriend (Sandor Gaspar) and his half sister Fauna (Orsolya Toth). Mihail sets out to build a house on the river delta on land his father owned. Fauna helps Mihail with the construction and lives in a hut with him while the construction his under way. The villagers consider Mihail an outsider and are opposed to the idea of a half brother and sister living alone together. Writer/director Kornel Mandruczo in a script co-written by Yvette Biro offers this rural tale of a developing incestuous relationship in a film beautifully shot by cinematographer Matyas Erdely and superbly edited by David Jancso. The film looks so good that every scene is a virtual painting but the storyline is a little weak with underdeveloped characters, weak dialog and a plodding pace. This perhaps may have worked better as a 20 minute short film but stretched out into a feature with little background on the characters and village life weakens it. I would give this a 6.5 out of 10.


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