Hukkle

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Released 2002

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Hukkle

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Director:
Gyorgy Palfi
Released:
2002
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Hukkle is a 2003 Hungarian film about the languid life of the old country. In a story with almost no dialog, director Gy''rgy P''lfi meticulously builds up a tranquil image of an agrarian community. The central character of this unconventional tale is an elderly man (Ferenc Bandi) with an unending bout of the hiccups. As he sits on a bench in front of his ramshackle home, he watches the villagers come and go in the daily rhythms of their lives. A young man rides a horse-drawn cart. Another man walks a pig down the road. A woman delivers the mail. Meanwhile, a police officer (J''zsef Forkas) becomes more suspicious after each recent funeral. Like the villagers, the flora and fauna go about their business too. Crops grow, pigs mate, chicks hatch, and a fish eats a frog as it swims past a bloated dead man in a lake. Underneath the vibrant landscape, peculiar characters and everyday events, Hukkle is a suspenseful murder mystery.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It works just fine as a sophisticated wildlife documentary with a submerged narrative. But if you enjoy the challenge of solving difficult mysteries, Hukkle presents a tantalizing ...

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A true original…Beautifully shot, full of droll humor and at 77 minutes never overstaying its welcome.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is told almost entirely without dialogue, but is alive to sound; we spend observant, introspective hours in a Hungarian hamlet where nothing much seems to happen -- oh, ex...

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