Maloin leads a simple life without prospects at the edge of the infinite sea; he barely notices the world around him, has already accepted the slow and inevitable deterioration of life around him and his all but complete loneliness.
When he becomes a witness to a murder, his life takes a sudden turn. He comes face-to-face with issues of morality, sin, punishment, the line between innocence and complicity in a crime, and this state of sceptism leads him to the ontological question of the meaning and worth of existence.
The film is about desire, about man’s indestructible longing for a life of freedom and happiness, about illusions never to be realised – about things that give all of us energy to continue living, to go to sleep and get up day after day...
Maloin’s story is ours – all of those who doubt and are able to question our humdrum existence.
Hungarian arthouse master Béla Tarr’s existential noir is filmed in striking monochrome, and features an international ensemble cast including Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, János Derzsi and István Lénárt.