X - The eXploited


Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 114 minutes

Stranger Says: Much of this excellent crime thriller has aerial shots of an upside-down Budapest. On the ground, there is a detective, a woman who, with dread-filled eyes, can spot the clues that other cops miss, and also make the unseen connections between the dots visible. When she enters a crime scene, her feet are down and her head is up. But from the perspective of the upside-down Budapest—her city, and the city of the crimes she investigates—we see that it is the other way around: Her feet are up and her head is down. There is something truly profound about this inversion. The local (the crime scene) is a lower truth, and the general (the whole city) is a much higher truth. We are in fact always upside down. What holds us down to the ground is gravity. This film will certainly be remembered long after the festival ends. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

SIFF Says: In this noir thriller, two Hungarian detectives team up to re-examine whether a string of suicides were actually murders with roots in their country's dark Communist past.


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Film Credits
Károly Ujj Mészáros
Móni Balsai, Zoltán Schmied, Zsófi Buják, János Kulka, Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas
SIFF 2019