WATCH FROM HOME—Confidence
Ildikó Bansági, Peter Andoroi, Oszkárné Gombik, Károly Csáki,
Two strangers on the run from Nazi forces must pretend to be husband and wife in Szabó’s taut chamber piece, “a perfect example of an intensely subjective cinema. . . . Romantic, erotic, and disturbing” (Dave Kehr). Set during World War II in occupied Budapest, where neighbors spy on neighbors and military patrols stalk the streets, Confidence conjures up a claustrophobic world of mistrust and surveillance, crystallized within a confined domestic space and the relationship between two people who are rarely able to leave it. (This scenario may sound somewhat familiar to contemporary viewers.) A film whose erotic tensions are as high as its political ones, Confidence underlines not only the physical damage left by war, but the emotional wounds as well.