Hukkle and observational cinema

Good points! Hukkle is an observational hyperbole that covers many styles (from nature documentaries to ethnographic observation and the investigative ‘eye’) to create a magical realist atmosphere. It plays with the power of vision to look through and look beyond reality, while contemplating it quite innocently (signaling first discreetly and then more and more clearly that ‘things are not what they seem to be’). And it plays very nicely with film as a medium full of ambiguity, where conventions can be stated, undermined and reformulated at every step (as in the scene of breaking the image into a series of film rolls hanged in the bar door).
See also this article putting the in context and analyzing some of its strategies: http://www.scribd.com/doc/129263822/The-Politics-of-Hiccups

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It was some weeks ago that Vlad mentioned in one of the classes Hukkle (2002) made by György Pálfi. If you do not remember, then don’t read any further, but watch the movie here (I do not want to spoil the experience, the film is perfectly enjoyable even if you don’t speak Hungarian. You only need to understand two sentences, translated below.):

Since I became ill and today could’t go to classes, I thought I will catch up with some of the things I wanted to watch and decided on Hukkle, with a pretty vague idea of what it is about. The only thing I was sure of is that somehow it is about hiccuping: the theme of the old man with the weird little sound of hiccuping runs throughout the film. Of course this is not a documentary, even though it is based on a true story, one that…

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