Synopsis: Based on real-life events, this psycho-thriller is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martfü. A psychotic killer is on the prowl, who continues to slaughter young women while an innocent man is wrongly accused and sentenced for crimes he could never have committed. A determined detective arrives on the scene and soon becomes obsessed with the case while under pressure from the prosecutor to see a man hang. Stuck in the suffocating social, political and psychological world of socialist Hungary, we soon find ourselves entangled in a web of intricate conspiracy and disturbing drama.
121 min


Based on a true story


Can I walk you home?

Why did you lie that you

slept at your mother's?

Why did you say that?

You know you've got

no alibi for the night of the murder.

Think of something else!

Or admit it! You were seen

at the scene. Understand?

Don't admit it if you didn't do it!

You hear me?

Don't feel forced to admit it.


I understand, but...

Say something! Finish the story!

When are you gonna move in with me?

I'm sorry, but it's off!

But you said...

I don't want to and that's final.

But you said different!

You promised!

I got a divorce

so we could raise my kid!

kos, I never agreed to that!

You misunderstood.


Why did you lie?!

You hear me?!

- I just thought that...

- What?!

I felt sorry for you.


Were you at his place?!

What makes you think that?


in this exact spot.

I lay on top of her.

And she groaned:
"Oh, dear God!"

Over and over.

And afterwards?

I tore her clothes off...

Don't believe it, Mother...

...I ripped her bra off...

To have intercourse,

I pulled her panties off.

Like this!

The material was soft.

They could have been silk.

It got me excited.

It went hard.

And it stayed rock hard...

right up until...

I had trouble getting in.

And I groped her breast.

Marika, you can stand up now.

I think I wiped the

blood off on her dress.

Man, you said

you wiped it on newspaper!

Is that what I said?

This is what happened, Comrade Judge!

The defendant admitted,

that after committing

a murder of passion

he washed the front of

his overalls at home,

that were stained with

Erzsbet Patai's blood.

Then he tried to get the rest

of the blood out with acetone.

Then he went to bed

and slept until 5 am.

News of the murder quickly spread

in the factory.

Witnesses say that the accused

reacted to the news... indifferently.

I'd like to request

for the neighbour

and driver be re-examined.

Comrade Judge, we've

already questioned them.

Why the request?

There are contradictions

related to where and when they saw

my client that night.

They were examined under oath.

I know.

But, Comrade Judge...

Don't waste any more of my time!

Request denied!

This is about my brother's life!

You have to interview them

100 times if need be!

In the name of the People's Republic!

kos Rti, accused of

murder and necrophilia,

taking all circumstances into account,

is hereby sentenced to death by hanging!

Take him down!



with support from the

Hungarian National Film Fund




a film by










Why did you pull me up, sir?

- I don't like drowned corpses!

- I still felt fine!

- This isn't a game!

- I enjoy it!

Defend yourself, you sh*t!

Hit me!

I told you to hit me

or I'll mop the floor with your head!

Hit me!

You p*ssy!

Easier with women, hey?

Come off it!

He's too soft to give a woman a good f***ing!

Stop, what are you doing?

Let me go, stop it!

No, don't do it!


Clear off, the lot of you!

Hey! That's enough!

I said that's enough!

Get in!

kos Rti, is found

guilty of the charges placed.

But due to alleviating circumstances and

no previous charges,

the former sentence of death by hanging

will now be commuted to

life imprisonment.

25 years...

I'd rather die!

7 years later

Stop it!

- Hello, Ibolya!

- Hello!

- Gimme a ride?

- Sure, hop on the back!


That hurts, stop it!

No... that hurts! Stop!

There's a rope on her wrist...

- But why?

- I don't know yet.

I'm ordering a post-mortem.

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