Family Nest - English subtitled

Béla Tarr's debut film is a documentary-style portrait of a young couple desperately searching for a home in 1970s Hungary.

Time & Tickets

Made when he was 22, Tarr’s striking debut feature has been likened to the work of John Cassavetes and Ken Loach for its warts-and-all snapshot of a seven-member family sharing a small apartment during a national housing crisis. The overcrowding puts pressure on the marriage of Laci, a soldier newly discharged from the army, and his wife Irén, who spends her days searching in vain for a home of their own – and an escape from Laci’s belligerent father. Impressively acted by a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors, FAMILY NEST offers a pungent critique of patriarchy in all its forms, and early evidence of Tarr’s innate mastery of the moving image. (source: Lincoln Center)

Béla Tarr, Hungary, 1979, 108 min. Hungarian spoken, English subtitles. With Irén Szajki, László Horváth, Gábor Kun.