"The structure of the film is based on that of the novel, which borrows, as its title suggests, from tango. That is, the film is broken into twelve parts, and does not necessarily move chronologically, as it follows the tango scheme of going six moves forward, then six back (hence 6 + 6 parts in total)."
First of all, I would like to mention that it took me several days to watch it because, ungratefully, I can't concentrate that much and I have a tendency to swift off. Well, I must admit it is not an easy one: it runs for more than 7 hours, there are only 150 shots, several parallel story-lines around different characters, the long takes (a very representative Tarr's trait) may be too long and arguably very slow. Unfocussed maybe and not very clear. As the camera moves that way, one may regard the film as motionless and boring. However, it is precisely that filming technique what make it powerful, a masterpiece.
On the first hand, what appealed the most to me was Tarr's ability to create such a gloomy, melancholic, burden-like atmosphere. I loved the music and the black-and-white photography. Oh, that cinematography... that was something beautiful. His work has been compared to Andrei Tarkovsky's and I understand why.
Some part are really brilliant. The best for me was "Comes Unstitched". I couldn't take my eyes away from the screen for a single moment. Yet the saddest one, but also the most beautiful somehow. The rest are really fine as well. But what remains and what it make this transcendent is the whole, the message, the simplicity of the story, the realism, the crudity, the tough side of earthy daily life. The metaphysical aspect regarding modern life.
The child decides to fade away, something that is not very hard to understand for some people there, what to live for and why. The sense of uncertainty and unconformity, human beings unable to live a better life. Lack of amusement, inability to choose for own actions, impotence. There's not really much you can do.
If I am to rare this film I will give it 5 stars out of five. It is worthy. I got to love Béla's work with this watching. To finish with I just will add this quotation which I found very touching: "She felt peaceful inside and the trees, the road, the rain and the night all radiated peace."