Being on the run, Hankó finds himself amidst endless forest at gunpoint. Actually, that was the moment of a fateful meeting with the local hunter's family, Judit and her little son Virgil. Though a woman didn't believe in Hankó's tales about his acquaintance with her missing husband, she still agrees to give him shelter. From that moment, the con man becomes inextricably tied to the family and soon finds that he must reckon with his past. More than this, he realizes he might have some romantic feelings for the hunter's wife. But he must keep it together, as it seems Judit is still waiting for her husband to return from the field.
The film is considered to be a historical thriller, and it does a great job drawing the realities of the post-war period. Everyone is still trying to overcome what has happened during the past few years — all destinies are described with a great level of tension. Hankó, who was a soldier as well, suffers from nightmares — he sees the one repeating dream about his military service in Russia. Virgil, the hunter's son, is missing his father; his mother has to teach him how to trap and shoot animals herself. The whole town suffers from hunger because they can't get enough meat without a hunter. Apart from this, the film also focuses on such serious topics as the destiny of a woman, the relationship between wife and husband, dark sides of people's nature: cruelty, cowardice and lies. Considering all this, I can say, the movie has great suspense, it really kept me on the edge of my seat with its many twists and turns.
The production was all nice and I absolutely loved how it paid tribute to old school films. It has the look and feel of a noir with great cinematography. Attila Szász is called Hungarian Tarantino for a reason: from a technical point of view, his films have something in common with the works of a great maestro. First of all, Szász uses the "trunk technique", looking up POV shots. During these shots, the audience feels powerless. He uses wide shots as well. These allow the audience to see every detail of the world that he's built for the film. Szász understands how powerful a wide-shot is, as it utilizes the environment to show the desires of his characters. Finally, with the outstanding combination of thrills, suspense and comedy, people in Tall Tales manage to laugh even in the darkest times.