Laszlo Nemes (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Having won an Oscar on debut with Son of Saul (2015), Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes displays laudable ambition with his sophomore outing. Set in Budapest in 1913, the complex, convoluted action recalls The Big Sleep (1946) and The Third Man (1949), although the setting unintentionally evokes memories of Ernst Lubitsch's romantic comedy The Shop around the Corner (1940). Juli Jakab's prodigal orphan returns to the city seeking work at the hat emporium that had belonged to her parents before they perished in a fire (one of many incidents which Nemes and his two co-writers do little to explain). She then discovers the existence of an older sibling, whose involvement with the criminal underworld places her in jeopardy, as the shop anticipates a royal visit to mark its 30th anniversary. The film's production design and costumes couldn't be better, but Matyas Erdely's camerawork occasionally feels capriciously gnomic as it follows Jakab with serpentine, shallow-depth devotion. The events depicted will enthral those eager to fathom the narrative's multifarious mysteries, while driving others to baffled distraction.


Budapest 1913, and Irisz Leiter has come to the city with the intention of applying for a job as a milliner at an acclaimed store founded by her late parents. Having grown up with a family in Vienna, the haunted young woman attempts to find the truth about her brother. Director Laszlo Nemes' drama, starring Juli Jakab, Susanne Wuest and Vlad Ivanov. In Hungarian and German.

Cast & Crew

The Princess Susanne Wuest
Irisz Leiter Juli Jakab
Gaspar Levente Molnar
Oszkar Brill Vlad Ivanov
Ismael Urs Rechn
Szerena Judit Bardos
Mrs Muller Monika Balsai
Director Laszlo Nemes
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Other Information

Language: Hungarian, German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 31 May 2019