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The Witman Boys (1997)

Witman fiúk (original title)
Turn-of-the-century Hungary. Two young brothers, neglected by their cold and uncaring mother, descend deeper and deeper into psychosis, with tragic consequences.


János Szász


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maia Morgenstern ... Mrs. Witman
Alpár Fogarasi Alpár Fogarasi ... János Witman
Szabolcs Gergely Szabolcs Gergely ... Ernö Witman
Lajos Kovács Lajos Kovács ... Dénes Witman
Dominika Ostalowska ... Irén
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Endre Tálay
István Holl István Holl ... Mihály Szladek
Juli Sándor Juli Sándor ... Eszti
Péter Blaskó Péter Blaskó ... Elegant Gentleman
György Barkó György Barkó ... Dissector
Tamás Kalmár Tamás Kalmár ... Corpse Carrier
Zsolt Porcza Zsolt Porcza ... Zöldi
Ákos Horváth Ákos Horváth ... Physical Instructor
Lajos Szücs Lajos Szücs ... Guest
Sándor Kassay Sándor Kassay ... Person on Duty


Turn-of-the-century Hungary. Two young brothers, neglected by their cold and uncaring mother, descend deeper and deeper into psychosis, with tragic consequences. Written by Duncan Shine <shine@telecall.co.uk>

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21 March 1997 (Hungary) See more »

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Bracia Witmanowie See more »

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Hungary's official submission as Best Foreign Film to the 1998's Oscar. See more »

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Disturbing, and strangely charming.
6 March 2010 | by jz-10See all my reviews

Yes, it is slow, and could stand to be a bit faster, but the pace serves to convey the gloom of the boys' milieu quite well. Scenes in the Witman house are almost as painful for us as for the boys living in it. After the boys' father dies, they find themselves quite alone in a house where their mother has no concern other than who will replace her recently-deceased husband. Their home is devoid of love, laughter and even conversation. There's a gramophone that is never used.

The brothers Witman begin to relieve their boredom and anger by mistreating animals. Fortunately, what they do is talked about, but not shown.

A possibly humanizing turn of events begins as they became enamored of a local prostitute--or does it? It's worth watching.

See this when you're in the mood for an unhurried, not-quite-horror, not-quite coming-of-age foreign film.

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