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The District! (2004)

Aron Gauder  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Aron Gauder
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Atopia
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC8CL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A group of teens from the wrong side of Budapest's tracks band together to make themselves rich by traveling back in time, burying a horde of mammoths under the city's streets, then returning to the present and drilling for oil. As creators of a new oil-producing nation, their scheme draws the attention of Putin (who uses the district's Russian hookers as spies), Blair and George W. Bush. In the midst of it all, star-crossed teen love is in bloom.

This outrageous and visually stunning animated satire plays like an unhinged ghetto updating of Romeo & Juliet smash-filtered through a politically-charged and politically-incorrect-kaleidoscope of clashing world views and social unrest, complete with musical numbers and a wicked soundtrack of Hungarian hip-hop.

THE DISTRICT! had its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at 61 fests across the world, including Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam International, Philadelphia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Mar Del Plata, Melbourne International and Sitges, winning awards at no less than 13 of them and attaining cult adoration and critical acclaim in every spoken language. You have never seen anything like it.


The Hungarian cartoon feature The District! is a last-minute shoo-in for the title of 2007's most original animated film, no small triumph in a year that also included the releases of Persepolis, Ratatouille, Beowulf and Paprika. --The New York Times

This breathtakingly crude (and very funny) Hungarian musical cartoon, with its thoroughly un-p.c. time-travel plot, has already evoked comparisons to South Park, but it also features equal doses of 8 Mile, Romeo + Juliet, and The Goonies. --New York Magazine

Startingly original... Has to be seen to be fully fathomed! --Ain't It Cool News

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and creative March 23, 2012
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To me, this film is a masterpiece. It combines a creative, unique visual style with an entertaining story, and still manages to transmit important messages in the meantime. The story, while compelling, is not exceptional: it employs a myriad of tropes that have been tried and tested to provide an interesting plot: the group of friends of diverse ethnicities, the time-travel adventure, real-world characters, a love story, rags to riches, you name it. However these elements aren't randomly thrown in: they are carefully weaved together to manifest the social reality of the Hungarian district where the story takes place: issues such as prostitution, gambling, ethnic tensions, corruption and violence are all exposed as the plot develops, without ever making this feel like a documentary. The music, while not remarkable, gains points for the originality and fits perfectly with the film's style and story, providing rhythm and contributing to the sensory fest that this film provokes. The end result is an experience that is hard to forget and well worth a rewatch or two, to uncover amusing details that one might have missed previously.
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The District has a fun, if not particularly amazing story, but the style and quality of the animation is absolutely jaw-dropping. The movie wanders through just about every type of animation that I have ever seen, blending them all into a stylish melange that will leave your eyeballs popping. As hand drawn animation fades cleanly into cell shaded graphics, which are then replaced with simple paper animation you will frequently find yourself wondering just how they managed to pull that last animation stunt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid January 9, 2009
I think there are two ways to describe why this animated film is so exceptional. The first is that it stretches the concept of a film to the limit while still, I think, being a film. When I watched it the first time, it seemed more like a collection of music videos put together as a training exercise. The second time I accepted it as a film and was so appreciative of it that I had to give it as a gift for Christmas. Reason number two is that the translation of hip hop forms to an Eastern European context is a really good way to expand discursive spaces. It would be equally interesting to watch Snoop Dog and Ice Cube perform Ibsen. I think this demonstrates that hip hop forms are not limited culturally or intellectually. (Some might argue that they always have to involve violent crime, however, which could be a good debate, and this film could be an example as corruption and violence are constant factors in the plot.) Really though, both the plot and the animatography, if that could be a word, are enough to cause a seizure if you try to play the whole game all at the same time. It takes a consistent effort to watch it calmly and remember you don't have to see every detail of every scene, every look on every face, every meaning of every comment in order to enjoy it. I think this is more like a music album for me, something I make friends with, then talk to a little bit once in a while, as opposed to a rental where I meet it once and that was it.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated January 22, 2008
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This is supposed to be the South Park of Eastern Europe, and it is, except that I never liked South Park in the first place.
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