The Annunciation (1984)


Country: Hungary  Language:Hungarian  Subtitles: English Hardsubs

Genre: Drama

Actors: Péter Bocsor as Adam / Ádám      Júlia Mérö as Eve / Éva


Angyali üdvözlet, aka, The Annunciation, is a surreal account of the history of humanity as portrayed entirely by children between the ages of 8 and 12. The film begins with the biblical story of Adam and Eve. As Adam (Péter Bocsor) and Eve (Júlia Mérö), are deceived by Lucifer (Eszter Gyalog), into tasting the "Forbiden Fruit" and are thurs cast out of the Garden of Eden by God and sent on an existential journey through time. Always followed closely and influenced by the deceptively sweet, but contemptuius.

The Annunciation is a film which you should watch when you have nothing better to do on an otherwise humdrum day. From the first to last this movie is a kaleidoscope of images, created to mesmerize the mind. Director Andras Jeles uses child actors to weave a visual tapestry of Godly virtues and human weakness intertwine with historical events. Somewhere between the Creation of Man and his Redemption, the viewer is set adrift in a sea of spectral images, who' purpose is known only to the director or to Pablo Picasso. Despite some provocative moments such as baring all with a nude Adam and Eve, the collage of words and historical settings the film overwhelm the viewer and destroys what little message the director intended to impart. From a Western point of view this film is far too complicated to be easily absorbed and thus fails to be recognized as anything but an art form gone mad.
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