Title: Katalin Varge
Country: Romania, UK
Language: Romanian, Hungarian
Director/Writer: Peter Strickland
Music: Geoffrey Cox, Steven Stapleton
Cinematography: Márk Györi
The attractiveness of this film lies in its images not the storyline itself. As it is a simple story, a woman seeks revanche towards the man who raped her 11 years ago while bringing their 11-year-old son with her.
As a debut feature from UK director and writer Peter Strickland, I have to admit that this mini-budget film is amazing in its own way, for me I enjoy the bleak score hovering all over the film, sometimes it sounds more like a horror feature. Interestingly this is a Romanian film, with the new waves of eastern European films comes on strong recently!
Also the exotic feeling captures me all the way, I have no idea where the story took place, ambiguous timeline may suggest that it doesn’t matter, it could happen in any period of time. The narrative is sinuous at the beginning, after the woman killed the accomplice of the rapist, everything becomes clear, which also initiates a dramatic turn since then. I don’t intend to give away any spoilers. The script truly reflects a shadow religious implications, which is difficult for me to point out exactly what it is as my religious beliefs are still in a budding status.
Surely there is some flaws there too, as I try my best not to be a snob perfectionist, I notice that the film is a little bit voluntarily showing off its smug overtones of theatrical retribution. Nevertheless it is a brave film, manages to adopt a conventional story and change it into a remarkable adventure off the beaten track.