Cineast 2019: Bad Poems
Original title: Rossz versek, Hungary, France 2018, Comedy, 97 min, VO EN subtitles, 16+
Directed by Gábor Reisz, Produced by Júlia Berkes, Music by András Kálmán, Gábor Reisz, András Koroknay, Lóránt Csorba, Cast: Gábor Reisz, Donát Seres, Mátyás Prukner, Barnabás Prukner, Zsolt Kovács, Lili Monori, Katalin Takács
Entertaining urban pop-rom-dramedy which playfully juggles its protagonist’s sorrows and doubts.
33-year-old Tamás Merthner is heartbroken after his girlfriend Anna, who is on a scholarship in Paris, breaks up with him. While wallowing in self-pity, hitting a creative dead end as a filmmaker and being pressured to accept a compromising job offer from an advertising agency, Tamás takes an escapist trip down memory lane to meet his childhood and teenage selves.
Built on imaginative storytelling and formal lo-fi experimentation and filled with references to the history of cinema and popular culture, Bad Poems is an entertaining low-budget urban pop-rom-dramedy which playfully juggles its protagonist´s sorrows and doubts. This film received several awards at 2019 Torino Film Festival