The first Irish-Hungarian co-production is a droll neo-noir with a killer premise: an amateur detective investigates a murder he himself has just committed. The would-be Shamus in question is Tibor Malkáv (Zsolt Anger), a socially inept mortician unable to fund a life-saving operation for his cancer-stricken mother until a mysterious one-eyed man makes him an offer: a hefty payday if Tibor assassinates someone on his behalf. This being film noir, nothing is quite as it seems, as our bullet-headed anti-hero discovers his unfortunate victim wasn’t exactly a stranger . . . All the reliable genre tropes are present and correct: Attila Gigor’s feature debut is no mere pastiche however, but rather a pitch-black comedy infused with a mordant wit and any number of inspired digressions – most notably the various ways Tibor’s mortuary ‘clients’ meet their unfortunate ends. A dark delight.
Plus The Secret Language (13 mins, Ireland, 2006, Colour): a witty tale of spies, lies and family ties, produced for TG4’s Oscailt scheme.