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Forbidden love on the Danube...

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Production of this stark, incest-themed drama from Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó proved as troubled as its subject matter.

Original lead Lajos Bertok died during filming, replaced by bearded musician Félix Lajkó.

His painfully reticent, almost-motionless presence proves apt for playing a young Romanian who returns to his village on the Danube and ends up bedding his half-sister (Orsi Tóth).

Long, lyrical takes – including a startling shot of a floating funeral procession – and Schubert’s ‘Death And The Maiden’ on the soundtrack remind us that forbidden passion will only end in tears. The Danube’s rarely seemed so blue.

Ja mie Russell

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