Photographed in black and white, Tarr's DAMNATION is a slowly paced, deeply pessimistic, yet poetic film set in a grim, featureless industrial area outside Budapest. There, alone and friendless, the unemployed Szekely lives a monotonous existence, making the rounds of the local bars and
staring out the window at miner's buckets passing back and forth, suspended on cables. Szekely is "in love" (the term's potential banality emerges when applied to Tarr's alienated characters) with Kerekes, a chanteuse at the Titanic bar who is married to Cserhalmi. She has ended their affair
(not--we suspect--for the first time), but Szekely still pursues her, haunting the Titanic a...