The Annunciation  (1984)






Angyali üdvözlet, aka, The Annunciation, is a surreal account of the history of humanity as portrayed entirely by children between the ages of 8 and 12. The film begins with the biblical story of Adam and Eve as Adam (Péter Bocsor) and Eve (Júlia Mérö), are deceived by Lucifer (Eszter Gyalog), into tasting the "Forbiden Fruit" and are thurs cast out of the Garden of Eden by God and sent on an existential journey through Time. Always followed closely and influenced by the deceptively sweet, but contemptuous Lucifer.

A masterpiece of modern existentialism
by Lord Runningclam
A downbeat, hypnotic retelling of Mankind''s story from Adam and Eve to the present, played entirely by children. But don''t expect a romp -- these kids are deadly serious as they tackle issues of mortality, religion, and the struggle of class against class. Brilliant photography enhances the deliberate pacing, yet the film is never boring. Literary sources include Emily Dickinson and William Blake, and every line is delivered with full conscious intention. Especially effective is the Byzantium sequence, where a single syllable (homousios, or homoiousios) means the difference between life and death. Seldom has the narcotic influence of religious power been so effectively portrayed. The use of a cast composed entirely of children is a conceit that lends itself to preciousness, but here it succeeds without the least trace of "cuteness". In sum, a daring, challenging, and ultimately worthwhile experiment.