The Prefab People

Synopsis: A husband and wife, drifting apart, reflect on the events leading up to the worst argument of their marriage.
Genre: Drama
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min


What are you doing?

- What are you doing, hey.

- Going.

Where are you going?


Away, where?

Away, where, where?

What's going mean?

Don't you hear? I said

where, what's going mean?

- Put the kid to bed.

- When I'm ready.

- Where, what's going mean?

- Don't shout!

What's away? For good?

For good.

Going for good?

You think you can just pack

and say you're going!

Wait until I put

the kid down.

What's going mean?

I said, where

what's going mean?

Take it easy.

Take it easy!

You pack up

and announce you're going.

What's I'm going mean?

I asked,

what's I'm going mean?

I asked,

what's I'm going mean?


What? You get fed up

and just walk out on us?

- Pack up and get out?!

- You'll have the flat...

And what about me...

don't want it.

Don't want the flat.

You say you're going:

so where do I go?

If I get fed up,

where can I go? Tell me!

No! You think you can, no...

- Let me go!

- No, no...

- Let me go...

- Are you crazy or what?


Nine years.

Don't you want to look at it?

A big mug!


- Let's have a drink.

- Let's.

Haven't you a small glass?

You're not drinking that?


- You can't clink with beer.

- Want a chaser?


- Cola?

- That'll do.

Who told you

to get me this?

Don't you like it?

- 'Course I do.

- It's like shampoo.

It's hairspray.

Don't spray it in my eyes.

Stop messing,

it's a spray.


Don't want some of this?


You need a glass

for the chaser.

The kid's used that.

- Let me try.

- If I can't, how can you?

I did once when you couldn't.

You're joking.

- You'll never manage...

- Done it...

- You just can't clink

with beer. - Cheers.

Like it?


- Asleep are they?

- They're asleep...

Talk to them

in the factory?

- Why?

- Did you talk to them in?

- A few days ago.

- You said you would again,

and they said that next week...

- I told you that next week...

- Didn't you go in?

Why should I have when

it's next week I have to.

- But they said it last week...

- No they didn't.

You're absolutely wrong.

No, I said last Monday

that in two weeks

I'd go in and ask again.

I thought it was today

you were going in.

What's the matter now?

The whole day I thought,

you'd be

- coming home today...

- You got it totally wrong.

- So what am I to do?

- I was waiting all the week.

There's the three shift thing

which is no good.

I can't do much about the rest

because they said

to come in next week.

You've no idea what it's like,

you say goodbye,

off you go, I watch you...

- you don't know...

- So don't watch.

Yeah, that fixes everything,

don't watch you leave.

Drink up.

Now don't cry...

Want a handkerchief?

Others manage, they dress well,

they do their hair

push teh pram and chat

with their girlfriends.

But that's not for me,

I can't do that.

- Read something.

- I can't.

I can't stand being

inside four walls

going to the shops and back.

What the hell is this for?

- Don't shout, they'll wake up.

- It'll last for ever...

- I can't stand it.

- Let's go to bed. - What?

Let's go to bed.

So I raised the subject

and we go to bed

because it's all arranged.

And why am I crying now?

One anniversary a year

and what about the other days?

I put the kids to bed...

I can't do much abouit it.

Forget it.

You go to sleep, watch TV,

read the paper,

when can I tell you about...

You think it's easy for me?

- Where are you taking that?

- Making room to make the bed.

That's all the attention

you pay me...

- How much?

- That I was...

in tears for the flat

and now we have one.

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Béla Tarr

Béla Tarr (born 21 July 1955) is a Hungarian film director. His body of work consists mainly of art films with philosophical themes and long takes. Debuting with the film Family Nest (1979), Tarr began his directorial career with a brief period of what he refers to as "social cinema", aimed at telling mundane stories about ordinary people, often in the style of cinema vérité. Over the next decade, the cinematic style and thematic elements of his films changed. Tarr has been interpreted as having a pessimistic view of humanity; the characters in his works are often cynical, and have tumultuous relationships with one another in ways critics have found to be darkly comic. Almanac of Fall (1984), his only color film, follows the inhabitants of a run-down apartment as they struggle to live together while sharing their hostilities. The drama Damnation (1988) was lauded for its languid and controlled camera movement, which Tarr would become known for internationally. Satan's Tango (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) continued his bleak and desolate representations of reality, while incorporating apocalyptic overtones; the former sometimes appears in scholarly polls of the greatest films ever made, and the latter received wide acclaim from critics. Tarr would later compete in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with his film The Man from London, which opened to moderately positive reviews. Frequent collaborators with Tarr include novelist László Krasznahorkai, film composer Mihály Víg, cinematographer Fred Kelemen, actress Erika Bók, and Tarr's wife Ágnes Hranitzky, who is sometimes credited as a co-director of his last three works. After the release of his film The Turin Horse (2011), which made many year-end "best-of" critics' lists, Tarr announced his definitive retirement from feature-length film direction. In February 2013 he started a film school in Sarajevo, known as film.factory, leaving in 2016. He is slated to premiere two short films in a 2017 Amsterdam exhibition. more…

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