Synopsis: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But when his sister moves in with him and the two begin a romance, there are tragic consequences.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kornél Mundruczó
Production: Facets Multimedia
  6 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Who are you looking for?

My mother.

Here... the good stuff.


Come in.

This is your sister.

Hug each other.

Go pour some drink for the men!

There's no room for you

to stay here. It's not possible.

No problem... no problem at all.

Is my father's hut still standing?

It is.

How long are you planning to stay?

For good.

Give me a shot.

I don't have any money.

I don't have any money.

This needs to be filled up.

With what?


You're cold out there, aren't you?

What kind of brandy? Does it matter?


Give me a shot.

I'll pay for everything tomorrow...

Give me a shot.

I'll give you a fish... this big!

Give me a shot.

I'll pay for it.

I'll pay for everything.

Give me a shot.

Look, money! I'll buy the whole bar.

Look, you see this money?

I'll buy the whole bar.

I'll buy the whole bar.

Give me another shot for this money.

- I only have big notes.

- That's fine.

Later, then.


See you.

Wait! Be careful,

the brandy is strong!

He's mine.

How did he get here?

I don't know.

Our mother's lover hid him.


...come on.

Give me your plate.

You're not eating?

Not now.

Once, I didn't eat for a year.


I wasn't hungry.

But you're a good cook.


Are you married?


And children?


Where have you been?

Is it any of your business?

No, of course not.

What do you need timber for?

I just need it.

This is very expensive timber.

I've already made my selection.

Is this enough?

It's enough.

You're pretty loaded.

You don't come home.

Your mother and I can't sleep.

But who cares right?

You're fine, right?

You're a grown-up.

If you were my daughter,

I'd hit you.

Did she sleep at your place?

You talked her into it, didn't you?

Well, I'll deliver the timber...

...if the permit comes.

It'll take a few months.

It will be safe here,

no one will steal it.

Don't count on any other boat...

...or you can go back

to where you came from

A drink?

A beer, please.

Pour some for me, too.

You need a permit

to transport timber.

He's building a house.

So, you just do whatever you like?

You need a permit

for the house as well.

Don't tidy up around here!

Get out!

You're not going anywhere!

Let her go.

She's your daughter.


Can I borrow your sweater?

Do you want me to make a fire?

No. It's colder when it dies out.

That's not true.

That's what Dad told me.

You're gonna stay up?


What's this silver cup?

I don't want to talk about it.

Good night, then.

Wake up.

Will you hold it?

Has your hair always been that long?

I don't know.

It's in your eyes.

You have a handsome face,

you should fix it.

Let's pull it closer.

Wait! Hold on a moment.

This way.

Hold on for a little moment.

- Shall I stand on it?

- Ha?

Shall I stand on it?

No need.

Then give me a hammer.

Here you are.

- And a nail.




Come my dear, put this on.

The old drunk died.

She shouldn't be late.

We had to make a damn

big detour because of you.

Is the palace coming along?

It's getting there.

I have to go.

I won't be gone long.

We're leaving.

You are such a stupid little girl.

Where are you going, huh?

She's leaving, don't you see?

- You're letting her go?

- She's all packed. She's leaving.

- To her brother.

- She's a complete idiot.

You can't talk sense to her.

She's leaving.

- To her brother, is she?

- To her brother, so what?

- They're going to live together?

- They're brother and sister.

- And you think it's appropriate?

- Yes, I do.

- You do? - Stay out of this,

she's my daughter.

Will you wash yourself

in front of him?

How do you think they'll sleep...

like brother and sister?

Stop it!

Like pigs!

You're not going anywhere!

Come back.

Hurry up, I don't want to

spend the summer here!

Unload everything.

I brought the things

my niece asked for...

nets, fuel, axe, saw, hammer.

It's gonna be a nice, big house.

How will you cover it?

I don't know yet.

Can you do it alone?

Will you pulley it?

Will all these be windows?

Cover this area well,

the sea breeze will come in here.

And where is my niece?

- She's sick. She's sleeping.

- Has she been sick long?

- A few days now.

- What's wrong with her?

I don't know much about

these things.

Why didn't you let me know?

- She didn't want me to.

- You'll be needing me.

Move it! What are you waiting for?

You want me to do it, don't you?

So many damn frogs. They seem to

have flourished this year.

There weren't so many last year.

- Thanks for the brandy.

- You'll find it useful.

- Thanks for the net, too.

- You'll find that useful too.

Cast off! What are you waiting for?

Let's get out of here!

You're good at this.

When it's needed.

At the zoo, where I used to work

a girl came...

...she was thrown out of the house

because she got pregnant.

I had to nurse her.

The baby was stillborn.

But she disappeared.

And I haven't seen her since.

And the silver cup?

- It's hers.

No more.

Can you go? I want to sleep.

I'm hungry.


You're not eating?

We only have one.


Do you want half?

No, you eat it.

Will we sleep here tonight?

You'll catch a cold.


Do you know them?

- Yes.

Push a bit more. Come on, push.

Get up there now.

Careful, careful, a little more.

Hold it!

Take it slowly.

Hand me some nails.

- You like it? - Yeah, it's gonna be

alright. Thanks.

Is your sister going

to live with you?

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Yvette Biro

Yvette Biro Ph.D. - essayist, screenwriter, and Professor Emeritus at New York University Graduate Film School (NYU). Her early books on the aesthetics of film were first published in her native Hungary, which became handbooks for film-schools in the country. Meanwhile, she worked on a dozen of prizewinning films with noted directors (Miklós Jancsó, Zoltán Fábri, Károly Makk). She was both the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmkultura, the magazine of the democratic opposition. In the mid 1970s, she was "offered" the chance to emigrate by the Hungarian authorities. After teaching at the Sorbonne in Paris, she moved to the USA to teach at the Universities of Berkeley and Stanford, California. In 1982 she was hired as a professor then became Full Professor on the faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts (Film and TV Graduate Division) at NYU where she worked until her retirement in 2007. During these years, she was often invited as Visiting Professor to various universities, for instance the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, the Sorbonne in Paris, FEMIS in Paris, Centro Sperimentale in Rome, the University of Hong Kong, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Rai University in New Delhi. She regularly held workshops and master-classes in screen-writing in Bombay, Budapest, the Dominican Republic, Harare (Zimbabwe), Havanna (Cuba), Istanbul, Ljubljana, Jyvaskyle (Finland), Prague, Sarajevo, Tokyo, Toronto, Zagreb, etc. She has written books on film which have been translated into several languages. Her numerous essays have been published in professional magazines internationally – Film Quarterly, Études Cinématographiques , Performing Arts Journal, Bianco & Nero, Dædalus, Millennium, The Village Voice, etc., on online magazines such as Rouge and the Unspoken Journal. Her latest book, Turbulence and Flow in Film was published by Indiana University Press in 2008. It has taken close to twenty years for her to return to film production. Although her script Arrivals and Departures (1995) won the European Script Fund Award, the film has never been made. Her recent scripts have been produced by various European co-production companies: The Stone Raft (2003), Johanna (2006), Delta (FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes 2008) and Tender Son (2010). She cowrote with Kornél Mundruczó a play, Judasevangelium which opened at the Hamburg Thalia Theatre in September 2009 and another stage production The Frankenstein Project toured to various European theatres in Brussels, Paris, Vienna etc., during 2007/2008. After spending more than 25 years in New York, she has now re-established herself in Paris. more…

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