The Outpost | Chicago Reader

The Outpost

All things being equal, Peter Gothar?s Kafkaesque allegory (1994) periodically suggests a Hungarian variation on Tarkovsky?s Stalker, albeit one in which both comedy and sex play much more substantial roles. In the 1980s a divorced design engineer (Mari Nagy) learns she?s been “promoted” to run a remote branch office for the company that employs her; she leaves her hometown in good faith, knowing next to nothing about her new job or destination, for a journey through industrial devastation that gets progressively weirder and creepier. In some ways her successive male escorts prove even more sinister than the terrain. An engrossing head-scratcher that?s definitely worth checking out.


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