I’ll start with the point: The game is János Kulka’s first major role since he had a stroke. The first, where he has a dialogue, in which he has to play several reactions and moments, and in which he refers especially to a man suffering from the effects of a stroke, whose words are difficult to get, his face partially paralyzed, his legs stretched behind him. The movie handles this with dignity, although there are some awkward moments that feel like seeing the actor not slumping or collapsing or lying on the ground helpless – but none of that is gnashing of teeth like the whole X whose role he is to slip and climb on the moaning stone.
And there are some touching moments when the role and the actor come together, and Kulka’s mouth says that sentences he can’t remember melodies, moments and endless sadness can be read from his face.
Colca plays Marco again, the apprentice, who fails the title exam in The Exam ten years ago, and whose existence only learns in the final moments of the plot, along with the viewer. Sorry, ten year spoiler. Marco has since left the service, mourning his wife, who fell victim to the already-existing ’57 Asian flu, and living his life in his New Town apartment.
This is the eye of his former student, Jung (Zolt Nagy), who has since lived a more comfortable but more paranoid life with his wife Eva (Gabriella Hammori). When Marco stood before his eyes again, Young decided he would need to get a grip on him, so he recruited an informant: a country girl, Abigail (Victoria Staub), an old acquaintance of Marco’s family, to be the sick man’s aid, the nurse, and a watchdog.
It is not uncommon for a Hungarian film to have a sequel without comedy. Glass Tiger, Something America Would Be an Easy Trilogy, Zimmer Feri also got a sequel, but if we’re not laughing about something, it’s rarely number two (counter-example: The Small but Very Strong 1989, which ran ten years later). It is not certain that the examination should have continued either, among state security officers ten years ago, the excitement, which occurred on a Christmas day, was like a tight box anyway.
It was a fashion movie, but most of the plot took place in two apartments, and the streets of Budapest were filled with some improbable extinction, which in principle can be explained by holidays, but perhaps more so by a tight budget. The budget deficit was filled with carefully chosen storytelling and actors.
The sequel no longer has to find loopholes, a real cinema with a CGI view of Budapest, jlipót inhabited streets, cars, the Erzsébet bridge under construction and powerful neon signs created from afar. It doesn’t happen during Christmas, but during the weeks there is so much to the place, both inside and out, the background is more beautiful, more colourful, more vibrant. The miserable people survived, now only on the balconies of Buda houses and in their private offices they fear being noticed. I think it can be as if someone is going crazy thinking the world is a simulation – once you pass a spy test, it’s hard not to live life like another ordeal every day.
And if one watches the continuation of the test, it’s hard to distract from the fact that the previous movie was a series of scams and they don’t want to feed us at the exact same time again. Fortunately, that’s not quite the case, and the only new character, Abigail, played by Victoria Staub, collected from rural tsz to be assigned as Kulka, has a big role to play in this.
Recruiting Abigail is similar to what we can look at in the first part of Detective, but is much richer and more interesting with many gestures, as the Jong-girl couple dynamics work very well throughout the story. Which would be more complicated than it should be, and Staub can stay authentic in all situations, even when Zsolt Nagy’s character becomes muddled for operational reasons – it was a good choice for a good character.
On the other hand, sometimes the game seems to think differently from this scary buzz. The role of Kulka is basically a confrontation with how fragile and fragile a person is and how a great character can overlook an unexpected event. But it was repeatedly cited by the philosopher Seneca about the dangers of desires and their fulfillment. One of Marco’s frequent sentences, which is included in the preface, is that “who does not want to receive it.” Another character who really reveals his heart once when he turns inside of her while peeling an apple, maybe Marx believed in something for the last time, the others are only interested in power, there is no other solution, everyone must thrive on their own. The exam participants still firmly believed that they served the interests of the party, according to the plot, seven years have passed since then, and seven years have been enough to realize what is really important to them. The latest movie photo shows exactly what was really important to one of them, and taxidermy is sticky.
The game involuntarily follows the structure of the previous part, so it’s not hard to get two steps ahead of it and quickly get a glimpse of what the whole thing will be like. His strength is that he can still hook a guy up, again because of the good actors. Zsolt Nagy is always a good choice for the role of a man who tries to keep himself in complete control, but doesn’t always succeed, and as Gabriella Hámori’s wife, as a tolerant wife, her husband surprisingly dances on thin ice.
Seeing a bullet at times is heartbreaking, as its story spins as if it were spinning around and giving it a way out. As much as what happened to Marco fits in with his state of health, the question arises how often he can write a role that includes his speech and memory difficulties. As an actor, he works, but there’s just something heartbreaking about it when he can say a short sentence in such a way that every thought seems to recur between his words. His performance is filled with the feeling that this is his last significant movie role. And if so, that’s why it’s worth making the game.
And if I can only see this, we have become richer with a historical film for the audience, a continuation of a famous Hungarian film. It would be interesting to check out Jungék and Markó’s life every ten years, although in the next movie, everyone might already know from experience who’s playing with whom.
The game will be available in theaters starting June 9.
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