Recommended Star

The Man from London DVD

aka A Londoni Ferfi, Bela Tarr, 2007


RRP: £14.99

Add to Basket

This item is in stock and will be dispatched within 48 hours. Delivery timesUsually 1-2 days to reach UK addresses. Europe takes around 2 days longer and International destinations take 1-2 weeks

FREE to UK addresses.
Costs to other countriesUK: Free
Western Europe: £1.25
Rest of the world: £1.88

Returns Policy
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us within 14 days. More details

Your Rating


2 Reviews // 2 Lists

Film Details

Directed by Bela Tarr

Produced in 2007

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film, Eastern European Film

MovieMail's Review

Michael Brooke finds Tarr's latest work as satisfyingly uncompromising as ever.

Anyone thinking that one of the most uncompromisingly heavyweight auteurs in contemporary cinema had succumbed to the lure of base commerce when he chose to adapt a mystery novel by Inspector Maigret creator Georges Simenon as the basis for his first feature in seven years will be relieved to hear that The Man From London is quintessential Béla Tarr, and a fitting follow-up to Damnation, Sátántangó and Werckmeister Harmonies.

Shot in smoky, crepuscular black-and-white by fellow director Fred Kelemen, it’s scored with a haunting accordion waltz by regular collaborator Mihály Vig, and has an internationally eclectic cast whose British contingent includes Tilda Swinton, as well as Edward Fox on dubbing duties in this – Tarr’s preferred – Anglo-French version. It rivets the attention from the opening panoramic track across a coastal French harbour where a seemingly straightforward case of customs evasion leads to a dispute over a briefcase, which in turn leads to murder. The briefcase inadvertently falls into the hands of the crime’s only witness, harbour signalman Maloin (Czech actor Miroslav Krobot), but when he finds that it’s full of banknotes, far from heralding the end of decades of impoverished drudgery and a long-desired new life for his family, they become the source of all-consuming existential torment. Meanwhile, the murder investigation proceeds at a glacial pace, courtesy of 87-year-old Hungarian veteran István Lenárt as the British detective Morrison, seemingly more concerned with being seen to tie up loose ends than in achieving true justice in any accepted sense. In any case, Tarr tells us who the killer is from the start: he’s much more interested in his characters’ psychology and indeed physiognomy, taking as much time as he feels is necessary to scrutinise an extraordinary collection of faces and try to tease out the construction of the minds behind them. And if this is ultimately as futile a gesture as Maloin’s farcical ‘treat’ for his daughter Henriette (Erika Bók, formerly the cat-tormenting waif in Sátántangó), it serves to intensify the underlying mystery even as Tarr meticulously pares away all the conventional generic elements. No-one else is making films quite like this.

Michael Brooke on 2nd March 2009
Author of 154 reviews

The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London

Film Description

Bela Tarr takes a lesser-known novel by Belgian crime novelist Georges Simenon as the source for this brooding mystery drama in which a middle-aged dockland worker's life changes forever after he witnesses a violent altercation between two men on the harbourside that results in one of them drowning, taking a suitcase full of British sterling down with him.

Exploring themes of desire, greed and man's longing for freedom, this hypnotic film bears the distinctive trademarks of Tarr's universe - stunning, fluid monochrome photography, pared-down dialogue and performances (including a striking appearance by Tilda Swinton), and a hauntingly beautiful score by long-time Tarr collaborator Mihály Víg.

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: Artificial Eye

Length: 132 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 6th April 2009

Cat No: ART416DVD

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Interview With Béla Tarr
  • Theatrical Trailer.

Film Stills

The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London The Man from London

View Gallery

Community Reviews

“The Man from London, Bela Tarr”
by Asher Cowan on 26th December 2011

Bela Tarr's, The Man from London, tells the story of railway signalman Maloin (Miroslav Krobot), who hardly registers what is going on around him. Suddenly his life ta... Read on


Desert Island Movies 1 films

DVD 372 films

Create your own list

People who liked The Man from London

See Also...

Miklos Jancso, 1965


Recommended Star

The Round-Up

A true masterwork of world cinema, set in the mid 19th century, when Austrian soldiers representi...


Bela Tarr, 1994


Recommended Star


An epic, exceptional, unforgettable cinematic experience about the end of Communism in Eastern Eu...


Customers who liked this also liked...

Related Films

Also from director Bela Tarr

View all Bela Tarr films

More from publisher Artificial Eye

Artificial Eye

Also Available from the Cast

Tilda Swinton

Erika Bok