Dealer | Chicago Reader

Dealer

This Hungarian 25th Hour on downers follows a day in the life of a drug dealer as he pedals from client to client—a religious leader whose coke habit has made him swell to leviathan proportions, a friend who nodded off in a tanning bed and got fried, a junkie mother who suddenly alleges that he's the father of her child. Benedek Fliegauf's debut film, the “Hansel and Gretel”-like Forest, shown at last year's festival, at least added drama to the landscape of anomie. Here the camera crawls over every surface of people's damaged lives in excruciatingly deliberate, if technically impressive, 360-degree pans, showing rooms leached of all color but greenish shades of gray. The cumulative feeling is less outrage than despair. In Hungarian with subtitles. 160 min.

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