Let the dead and injured get up and walk," which they do. All but Johanna (Tóth again), a junkie who's snuck in to steal pharmaceuticals. Caught, she falls down stairs, lapsing into a coma. On awakening, a smitten medic (Zsolt Trill) trains her as nurse. Her healing prowess proves unconventional, however, even miraculous both sacred and profane, leading to a martyrdom that (like Joan of Arc's) cements her sainthood.
A 86-minute opera created for the screen, Johanna is musically rich who is composer Zsófia Tallér and why isn't she getting major commissions abroad? but also wholly cinematic. While seeming an anomaly, its cryptic characterization and suspicious view of society are of a piece with Mundruczó's other work to date.
MAGYAR TALES OF KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ
Nov. 2224, $5$9.75
3117 16th St., SF