Three years in the making, Werckmeister Harmonies is a sustained, real-time immersion in the universe of weatherbeaten villages and full-contact metaphysics in which Béla Tarr and collaborator László Krasznahorkai specialize. A mysterious traveling circus (complete with a stuffed whale) disrupts the calm of the puszta (plains), and marks a sea change in relationships of all kinds—between families, lovers, peasants and royals. In this movie, voted as one of the best of its decade by Film Comment, each action, however small, carries the weight of revolution. With Fassbinder icon Hanna Schygulla.
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