Family Nest

Family Nest

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Family Nest is perhaps best epitomized by an early carnival set piece in which the camera twirls round and round on a whirligig, accompanied by an upbeat and saccharine melody that suggests the Carpenters gone Hungarian, and climaxes with a smash cut to a character vomiting. This juxtaposition should be no surprise to those familiar with the work of Béla Tarr; indeed, the scene seems a warm-up for an even more involved music-to-vomit sequence in his seven-and-a-half-hour masterpiece Sátántangó. In the latter film it’s a simultaneous joke and endurance test that adds to Sátántangó’s thematic brilliance, in the former it merely parallels the trying nature of sitting through Family Nest’s numerous faux-documentary squabbles. There’s a bracing sense of realism to the early scenes as the titular unit argue their way through dinner, the divide separating insult from compliment subsumed by consistently raised voices that cancel each other out and lead to misplaced aggressions. Eventually, though, Family Nest follows the plight of Irén (Lászlóné Horváth), the family’s frustrated, exiled daughter-in-law, as she searches the communist block for housing of her own, and the characters suddenly morph into unconvincing mouthpieces for a highly unsubtle political critique.

Image/Sound

Par for the course for Facets Video, the black-and-white Family Nest is presented in a truly awful 1.33:1 transfer that features numerous print flaws and pixel-heavy blacks. Sound is hollow and degraded; it may all be appropriate to Tarr’s intent, but the total package leaves a lot to be desired.

Extras

None.

Overall

You’ll want to fly out of this Nest, pronto.

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Specifications
  • DVD-Video
  • Single-Layer Disc
  • Region 1
  • Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • Dolby Digital Formats
  • Hungarian 2.0 Stereo
  • DTS
  • None
  • Subtitles & Captions
  • English Closed Captions
  • English Subtitles
  • Special Features
  • None
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    DVD
    Release Date
    June 28, 2005
    Distributor
    Facets Video
    Runtime
    108 min
    Rating
    NR
    Year
    1979
    Director
    Béla Tarr
    Screenwriter
    Béla Tarr
    Cast
    Lászlóné Horváth, László Horváth, Gábor Kun, Gábor ifj. Kun, Gáborné Kun, Jánosné Szekeres, József Korn, Irén Rácz, Jánosné Oláh, Krisztina Horváth, dr. Adrienn Kádár