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Katalin Vargaは、ハンガリー語を話すルーマニア・トランシルバニア地方の田舎を舞台に繰り広げられる復讐と贖罪の物語。幸せな家庭を築いていたカタリンは、一人の友人に11歳の息子オルバンが夫の実の子供ではないことを告白した。しかし、この秘密の会話が何故か漏れて、誰もが顔見知りの小さな村で噂はあっという間に広まり、カタリンは、噂を耳にした夫に、息子とともに追い出されてしまった。途方に暮れたカタリンは、病気の祖母のところへ行くとオルバンに告げ、オルバンの実の父親である強姦犯に復讐を遂げるために旅に出る。緑豊かな美しい田舎の情景とは裏腹に、ひとつの悲劇が、さらなる悲劇を引き起こす。誰もが不幸になっていく、救いようのない負の連鎖。因果応報。きっかけとなった強姦事件を除き、どの残酷な行いにもその被害者にも同等に同情の念がわき、最後には何が正しくて、何が正しくないのか分からなくなる。Katalin Vargaは、最近見た映画で、最も心を打たれた作品だ。平日の昼過ぎとは言えど、観客が私を含めてほんの数人だったのは、本当にもったいない。
I saw a movie “Katalin Varga” at the Screen on the Green in Angel. Romania/UK/Hungarian film, Katalin Varga is the directorial debut of British director Peter Strickland, and won 2009 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the Sound design. Strickland from Reading, now a resident in Budapest, is a musician/amateur theater actor/English teacher-turned-film director. He used the inheritance from his uncle to fund the movie, and completed the project for extremely low budget of £25,000 with only 11 staffs for shooting. The money run out while he was editing the movie, and he was forced to stop editing and to look for a job for a while. But luckily he found two Romanian producers to give him a hand to finish the film making. After that was like a dream story – won a Berlin Film Festival award, invited by several film festivals, been snapped by a French distributor. See a detail on a interview by the Guardian. The film was released on October 9th in UK and won a heart of tough British movie critiques.
Set in a Hungarian-speaking part of the Romanian region of Transylvania, Katalin Varga, is a story of revenge and redemption. The story starts from when Katalin tells her dark secret to one of her friend– the real father of her 11-year old son Orbán is not her husband. The rumor spreads fast in her small rural village where everyone knows everyone, and her husband blames her and kicks her and her son out from his home. Telling Orbán that they are going to visit her sick mother, Katalin sets out to find the real father of her son, who raped her 11 years ago, to take revenge. Contrary to the sceneries of beautiful countryside, one tragedy leads further tragedies. No one ends happy. Helpless vicious circle of hatred and despair. Retribution. All the cruel acts and its victims in the film equally generate viewer’s sympathy, other than the rape which caused the tragic fates. At the end, you don’t know what is good and what is bad anymore. Engaging, mournful, and thought-provoking, Katalin Varga is the most impressive movie I have seen this year. It’s a shame that there were only few audiences in the cinema.
By the way, am I the only one who thinks that Katalin looks like young Meryl Streep??