Evolution (2021)
June 2, 2024 3:05 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Three bravura single take vignettes trace three generations of a family--from a surreal memory of World War II to modern day Berlin--who struggle to process their past in a society still coping with the wounds of its history. Husband and wife team Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber (Pieces of a Woman) adapt their 2018 stage play.

Hungarian title: Evolúció.

Starring Lili Monori, Annamária Láng, Padmé Hamdemir, Goya Rego.

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó. Written by Kata Wéber. Produced by Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Viktória Petrányi for Match Factory. Productions/Proton Cinema. Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux. Edited by Dávid Jancsó. Music by Dascha Dauenhauer.

100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (with 7 reviews).

Currently streaming in the US on Mubi. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (1 comment total)
The first vignette is stunning, five stars, nearly a horror movie in how awful it is to behold... the dread, the grimness of it all.

The second segment is a two hander, a modestly staged (though still single shot) examination of generational trauma. Less Béla Tarr, closer to kitchen sink realism. But very good. The flood ending is impressive, but honestly, I'd like to know how they made Eva plausibly shit her pants in the middle of the extended take.

The third segment... is not at all as good as the first two. It's an uneven attempt to find some optimism and a path forward. It's far less sharp and expressionistic than the first hour. I wouldn't say it ruins the film but it chops it down from what looked like a new classic to an interesting mishmash.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:58 PM on June 2

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