Hukkle, with the definition meaning hiccups in Hungarian, is a most original film that features no dialogue. Although the film looks simple with villagers going about with their daily chores in their often picturesque tight community, keep a close watch on the goings on, because that is where the theme of the movies lies. Most likely, it will take a second viewing, because during the first, the mind is set on the beauty of nature, the artistic close-ups of plant life, insects, machinery, memorable faces, the numerous animals, ducks, moles, pigs, sheep, and probably a heartwrentching visual is of a kitten who is having some kind of spasmodic attack that precedes death. However, wait....in the commentary with subtitles, the director did not film a kitten dying, but merely a kitten sedated.
Another reason why this may need a second viewing is because it is difficult to figure out what is the plot or storyline. Why are we always seeing people eat? pigs mate? microscopic shots of insects? plants bloom, people working, a cop taking a leak, a mole underground? the mixer grinding of a meal? And of course what is the deal with an old man with hiccups, who during the entire film sits and observes while the hiccups take hold of him?
Hidden between all these shots is a murder story that the viewer needs to struggle to figure out, but pay attention, the signs are there. But you will notice a cop doing an investigation and of course a larger clue, a dead man in the pit of the pond. Is it murder?
I don't know if one can come away with all the answers needed, as it is a film that one can just view for its originality. Like any village, the slice of life aspect is intriguing. One can view it as the cycle of life, creatures large and small, life and death, etc.
The DVD provides a commentary with subtitles, but don't expect many clues to what the film is about, but there are a few. The commentary is an understanding on the mechanics of filmmaking such as the sedation of the kitten, how to get a jet to zoom under a bridge, when to film the hot in heat for the right moment, the method of filming a mole, a snake, evolving plants, etc.
Again, whatever you take from this film is good, you don't need to have all the answers, but mostly, take it for its originality and uniqueness in filmmaking .......Rizzo