Extremely bitter comedy about predator that is not separated from you by bars.
The arrival of a simple, but mysterious and brutal Rácz at a boiler-room of a big hotel in the capital city and his rise to financial and political power is the background for exciting, foolish, dramatic as well tragic situations and stories. Rácz, on his way to power and wealth, is not stopped by any method or act when he is to reach his aims to govern the area in which he lives.
The film based on the 1990's bestseller of the same title brings a sarcastic parable about the unstoppable rise of an individual to power.
"Rivers of Babylon is a truly original film. For one thing it rejects the ruralism prevalent in Slovak cinematography, but it is even more astounding in its message. The return to subversive political allegory as a cinematic form of expression makes it unique, not just in Slovakia but in Central and Eastern Europe generally." (Andrew James Horton)