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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.08.09] Hungary movie trailer news drama

I first stumbled across Peter Gardos' brooding boarding school drama last week and was, at first, a little wary of the subject matter. I mean, I'm not all that interested in posting films about priests molesting kids or whatever, but after finally watching the trailer I realized that Prank is not at all about that. Sure its got priests abusing their power in strange ways and obsessing over existential and spiritual concerns, but the film looks to be much more a coming of ager than some sort of shocking look into the reality of religious schools of the 19th Century.

It is 1912. In a small town's parish school run by priests the school year starts off in an ordinary way. This autumn, however, the pupils are overcome by a strangely overwhelming rowdiness, leading them to come up with increasingly more outrageous pranks.

The school welcomes a new teacher, Father Weigl. The new, young teacher is aghast at his colleagues' liberal approach to the excessively bad behavior of the teenage pupils. Father Zoltan, the form master of the 7th year students, pays less and less attention to the events taking place right around him. His younger brother, deafened in a boxing match, was on his way to Boston for surgery at Father Zoltan's urging. The brother was aboard the Titanic, which collided with an iceberg. The official report on the injured and casualties is yet to be released.

One day, events take a sudden turn...

As you'll see in the trailer after the break, the film is stunningly shot with some simply breathtaking cinematography. Prank is currently running the festival circuit in Europe and picking up all kinds of praise so maybe we'll even get to see it over here one day.

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Anonymous (12 years ago) Reply

so what the fuck was the message or meaning in the ending?

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