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Jupiter's Moon

Hungary | Germany | France, Hungarian, 129 mins

Original Title

Jupiter holdja
  • Director: Kornél Mundruczó
  • Writer: Kornél Mundruczó; Kata Wéber
  • Producer: Viola Fügen; Michel Merkt; Viktória Petrányi; Michael Weber

CGiii Comment

It certainly is grim in Hungary!

If the filmmakers set out to make an anti-Hungarian Hungarian film...they succeeded! Indeed, this film is so anti everything, it's not difficult to see why it enraged quite a few folk.

From the off, this is [dangerous] fiction that flows into fantasy...Syrian refugees are chased and shot at by the Hungarian authorities. A young man dies and is immediately resurrected...with extraordinary powers - among other things, he can fly!

Throw into the equation...a corrput officials, dodgy doctors and a scrappy storyline that ceaselessly promotes Hungary's grimness...Jupiter's Moon becomes more of a challenge than most people could stomach...everyone is motivated and absorbed by money...it's exhausting to watch this level of money-grabbing for 2 hours!

There are peculiar little oddities scattered throughout...America is seen as the promised land, a five-star restaurant refuses to sell French Fries, an elderly barman comes out of the closet after 62 years declaring that homosexual love is more secure than its heterosexual equivalent...it's all just a little too bizarre to be taken seriously...and, this is a serious film...that creaks under the weight of so many 'unpleasant' and obvious agendas!

Technically, it's a proficient film...the flying sequences are pretty good, as is the cinematography. But...it's far too long, with too many oddities, being too damn preachy...and, hateful. It doesn't exactly paint a pretty picture of the European Union...it just shows how disparate the member states are!

It's safe to say: The Hungarian tourist board ain't gonna be liking this one!


The(ir) Blurb...

A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money. Inspired by Aryan's amazing powers, Stern takes a leap of faith in a world where miracles are trafficked for small change...

Cast & Characters

Merab Ninidze as Gabor Stern;
Cserhalmi György as László; 
Balsai Mónika;  
Zsombor Jéger as Aryan Dashni;
Majd Asmi  as Refugee;
Zsombor Barna as Couple at Party;
Bede Fazekas Szabolcs as Policeman;
Ákos Birkás as György;
Mátyás Bodor as Kid in the hospital;
Soma Boronkay as György's servant;
András Bálint as Voice of Gabor Stern (voice);
Bálint Bán as Special Force 2;
Brigitta Egyed as Edit;
István Fillár as Guard;
András Gombai-Nagy as Railway man

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