Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

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A neurosurgeon leaves her successful life for the man she loves, only for him to claim they've never met, in this award-winning psychological noir from Hungary. More

Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she waits for him at the Liberty Bridge in vain - he does not appear at their rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

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2020Rating: M95 minsHungary
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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time | Reviews

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

What sets this film apart is its fusing of the impassioned and the grimly palpable.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Lili Horvát's film delights in wallowing in ambiguity, contradiction, and doubt.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A classy feminist take on stalker thriller tropes.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

A sober and guileful meditation on love, obsession, and perception.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"Preparations" manifests its protagonist's uncertainty through fluttering reflections and slinky shadows, and images that conceal and obscure the full picture.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The reveal isn't equal to the buildup. Yet you've still had the experience of being taken in -- much more in a good way than a bad one -- by a gifted filmmaker wielding cinema's seductive power.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A beautiful and acute rendering of what could be if some of the most implausible lies we tell ourselves were in fact true.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Sadly, the reveal here is quite banal, which retroactively makes the film as a whole play like a prolonged, unsatisfying tease.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

A lovely visit to a Budapest that yields its secrets more willingly than the sad, repressed woman at the story's center.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Here is a puzzle or a riddle of a psychological movie, with distant echoes of Roeg's Bad Timing or Antonioni's Blow-Up.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Echoing its clashing tones of red and blue, this is an unexpectedly warm film with a chilling premise.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Horvát explores how romantic fantasy can be a projection based on slender evidence, but it isn't no evidence at all.

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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time | Release Details

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.