Question in Details (Köntörfalak) (2010)

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Released 19-Nov-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Teaser Trailer-2007 & 2008 Teaser Trailers
Theatrical Trailer
Short Film-Scrutiny (2006)
Gallery-Press, Stage and Making of Photos
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 80:02
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (49:22) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Zsombor Dyga
Studio
Distributor
Gryphon Entertainment Starring Ferenc Elek
Roland Rába
Kátya Tompos
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music UpTownFelaz


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Hungarian
English Information
Smoking Yes, and drug use
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Single father Zoli (Ferenc Elek), whose wife was killed in an accident some years ago, is on a less than successful first date with Eszti (Katya Tompos). When he walks her home he is invited in for a quick drink where he meets Eszti’s gay brother Gabor (Roland Raba). Gabor recognises Zoli; but even more important it seems that Zoli’s date with Eszti was not a random event and that there is a connection between Zoli and Gabor that needs to be explained.

     Question in Details (Kontorfalak) is Hungarian writer / director Zsombor Dyga’s filmed adaptation of his own stage play. It is essentially a three character play, set during one evening in basically real time, that won 2010 Hungarian Film Week Awards for best director, best actor (Ferenc Elek) and best editing (Judit Csako). This is a bit of a surprise. Filmed inside one apartment set, and only occasionally opening out into the night streets of Budapest, Question in Details is a meditation upon relationships, fidelity, chance meetings and love that is very wordy and finally unsatisfying. The three actors are fine, which is just as well as there is little else to look at, although no role is really robust enough to be award material. The editing is also choppy. In the scenes within the apartment, perhaps to try to make the film feel less of a stage play, we seldom get more than one actor on screen. Thus, as it is all dialogue, the camera cuts back and forward rapidly between characters as they talk, creating a very jerky experience. When the film opens out into exteriors this changes for the better and characters are seen more naturally on screen. Question in Details is very static and wordy, struggling to hold our interest. The revelation, when it comes with about 15 minutes to go, is as low key as the rest of the film. Perhaps it comes across better if you are Hungarian.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Question in Details is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the original theatrical ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced. The film was shot on Digital Red One Cameras and printed on 35 mm which does not come across well. The film was shot at night (exteriors) or in the apartment set using very diffused light sources. It lacks sharpness, contrast is iffy, and while blacks are acceptable shadow detail is often quite indistinct so it is hard to make out what is happening; freeze frame on 10:11 to see what I mean. Colours are quite flat. I did not notice any artefacts or blemishes however.

     English subtitles are in a white font. I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors.

     The layer change at 49:22 resulted in only a slight pause.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
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Audio

     Audio is a choice between two Hungarian tracks, Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps and Dolby Digital 2.0 at 320 Kbps.

     This is totally a dialogue driven film and the audio is adequate for this type of film. While the 2.0 audio is set at a lower level, either track is fine. Dialogue is clear, the surrounds being used for ambient sound and music. The subwoofer gave some support to the music but was otherwise silent. The score, credited to The Uptown Felaz, was used sparingly but did provide effective support to the film. For me, the music was probably the highlight of the film.

     Lip synchronisation was fine.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Film Trailers

     Two teaser trailers, one from 2007, when the film was called Small Talk (0:50), the other from 2009 (1:09), plus the theatrical trailer (2:06).

Short Film Scrutiny (6:09)

     A long take of a woman talking to two other people off camera, seemingly about making a pornographic film. Directed by Zsombor Dyga, Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, white English subtitles. Some noticeable artefacts.

Photo Galleries

     Nicely presented stills accompanied by music. They advance automatically, but at varied speeds, sometimes through fade in and out, sometimes as a slide show. Included are:

R4 vs R1

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     I cannot currently find a record of any other release of the film.

Summary

     Question in Details is essentially a three character play, a meditation upon relationships, fidelity, chance meetings and love that is very wordy and finally unsatisfying. .

     The DVD has acceptable audio, indifferent video and some extras. The presentation of the picture galleries are some of the best I’ve seen for a while.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Monday, March 07, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S350, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 42inch Hi-Def LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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