Crisply adapted from a futuristic story by Imre Kertesz, author of “Fateless,” “Miscalculation” is a cold moral parable about the folly of arrogance. Though pic was puzzlingly shut out of the awards at recently concluded Hungarian Film Week in Budapest, favorable reception among visiting crix will lead to festival invites and modest biz.
An insufferably haughty aesthete, supermarket tycoon Hoffman (Peter Haumann) drones on and on over dinners about wine and cooking to his depressed son (real-life fils Mate Haumann) and diffident wife (Katalin Takacs). Meanwhile, three cops run a secret government enforcement unit called the Mezzanine. When Hoffman’s boy expresses a desire to join a revolutionary cell planning to overthrow authority, dad cooks up a harmless scheme to toy with the Mezzanine that backfires horribly. Transposing tome’s action from Latin America to Europe, helmer Janos Vecsernyes finds an effective tone of dread. Thesping is sharp, tech package accomplished. In some press materials, government entity is referred to as “Upstairs.”