The Last Blues
Today the movie that got screened was “The Last Blues”. It is about what happens over a 24 hour period in Andris life, while he is driving from Budapest (Hungary) to Cracow (Poland). He is a successful businessman in Budapest, married and having a smart son. Unknown to others, he is leading another life. A life as a Painter in Cracow, where he is in love with a young woman and going to get married to her today. During the drive, his car refuses to stop, his attempts to stop by banging into a tree/tire pile all fails, even when the fuel runs out the car keeps running. During the drive, his life unravels around him, his past actions & people around him. His wife being unhappy with their marriage, secretly longing for her boss in the school. His mother who had loved his father’s brother and who is now living in the USA. His love, the woman in Cracow expecting a grand wedding with him. While Andris is circling around Budapest, people around him are getting connected and Andris secrets being exposed. At the end, we are shown his wife in black dress leaving us to infer he is dead in the car crash.
The movie starts off interesting but somewhere loses its way and becomes a bit boring. It could be because the Director & Writer Péter Gárdos hasn’t spent time introducing the lead character Andris to the viewers, who is he & what’s his motivations. Without that, we are not able to relate to that main character. The movie has good scenes and nice dialogues, but the overall plot could have been pictured much more compelling. Background music adds a bit of thrill & Ghostly feeling.