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By Jessica Kiang


‘Stork’s performance, meanwhile, riveting, shrewd and unknowable, has more in common with the women of modern European cinema: She is a Kieslowski heroine, styled, with her movie-star hair and sharp tailoring, as a modern noir throwback, rendered in the bold hues of a Douglas Sirk picture.’

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey



‘Stork’s performance has a steely-eyed composure, an armoured quality, which keeps prevailing.’

‘Close-ups on the unyielding planes of Stork’s face may remind you how Juliette Binoche or Irène Jacob made their careers in similar roles, searching for meaning on the paving stones of Europe’s capitals.’

The Guardian

By Mark Kermode

‘Natasa Stork is quietly charismatic as Márta Vizy, a Hungarian neurosurgeon who has carved out a respectable career in the US.’

‘But it’s Stork who carries the film, drawing us deep into Márta’s kaleidoscopic world, her piercingly quizzical expression challenging us to solve the puzzle of her experience, or perhaps daring us not to.’


Los Angeles Times

By Justin Chang


‘I am referring to the calm, otherworldly countenance of its protagonist, Dr. Márta Vizy, which is to say the actor Natasa Stork, whose coolly appraising gaze might be the most extraordinary visual effect, digitally manufactured or otherwise, I’ve encountered in recent movies. Márta’s piercing blue eyes may be the windows to her soul, but their power is directed as much outward as inward. Without saying a word — indeed, by drawing on the innate power of stillness and silence — she transforms the very act of looking into a source of considerable suspense, sensuality and excitement.’


Heard on Fresh Air

‘Stork gives an extraordinary performance as Márta, her piercing, intelligent gaze sometimes shot in wordless closeup. Her eyes aren't just windows to her soul; they reveal the inner workings of a genuinely beautiful mind.’

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr


‘Writer-director Lili Horvát, whose second feature this is, has previously worked as a casting director, and by far her new film’s strongest asset is lead actress Natasa Stork, playing a tightly wound woman whose grip on reality is loosening.’


‘“Preparations” rests almost entirely on Stork’s shoulders, however. Rarely showing any emotion aside from mild concern, the actress suggests a maelstrom of emotions lurking beneath the skin of this tidy, chic medical professional.’


By Leo Barraclough

‘Stork is “an intoxicating and enigmatic presence in the film,” the jury said, “displaying remarkable aplomb for an actor taking on her first lead role in a feature film.” They added: “Her elegance and sense of mystery underscore the film’s noirish elements, as she creates a striking and layered character which attests to her great potential as an actor.”’

The Hollywood reporter

By Stephen Dalton


‘Horvat and Stork have done such subtle work in humanizing Marta and dismantling the sexist scaffolding around femme fatale tropes’

The Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern

‘What I recall most vividly isn’t the letdown but a host of hypnotic moments leading up to it, and the intensity of Ms. Stork’s performance.’

The Irish Times

Best films of 2021: Irish critics name their favourites


​​Best Actress:


1 Frances McDormand, The Tragedy of Macbeth; Nomadland

2 Kristen Stewart, Spencer

3 Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

4 Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

5 Natasa Stork, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

6 Jodie Comer, The Last Duel

7 Deragh Campbell, Anne at 13,000 Ft.

8 Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

9 Claire Dunne, Herself

10 Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Screen Slate

By Dana Reinoos


‘As Márta, Natasa Stork is reminiscent of Isabelle Huppert: all red lips and beautiful, placid exterior with a wild sea of roiling emotions just under the surface, threatening to reveal themselves at any moment. Horvát’s camera adores Stork; she’s luminous whether under the sterile hospital lighting or in the near-darkness of her apartment. Together, Horvat and Stork have created a restrained, cerebral melodrama, and an enigmatic portrait of a woman willing to throw everything away for a ghost.’


By Allan Hunter

‘Natasa Stork’s cool, restrained performance perfectly captures the sense of an intelligent, rational woman moving closer to the edge of a precipice.’


By Zhuo-Ning Su

‘Aided by Stork’s restrained, enigmatic performance, Horvát has crafted an atmospheric, well-paced mystery drama that defies expectations and thoroughly intrigues.’



London Evening Standard

By Charlotte O'Sullivan

‘awesome newcomer Natasa Stork’

Little White Lies

By Elena Lazic


‘Stork’s bright and clear face, a small polite smile perpetually on her lips, is in a medical context the image of scientific precision, a reassuringly imperturbable visage to see when awaiting a potentially life-threatening diagnosis, as several characters do in the film. But when she is alone, in the streets of Budapest or in the dilapidated flat she has rented, Márta’s stillness comes to suggest a person completely detached from her surroundings and isolated in her loneliness.’


By Robert Daniels


‘by way of Stork’s hypnotic performance, our perception of whether the ailment known as falling in love is worth the bitter medicine that comes afterwards is told‘

Austin Chronicle ​​

By Josh Kupecki


‘Natasha Stork’s performance is the anchor here, one that is beguiling in its Sphinx-like unreadability. Every slight emotional tell she conveys is another chance to discover a signpost as to what, exactly, is happening here.‘


By Ryan Lattanzio


‘Natasa Stork, a soothing and appropriately impenetrable presence’


By Nicholas Bell


‘Natasa Stork has appeared in minor supporting roles in several films from Kornel Mundruczo, but Horvat’s film mines her as a significant discovery’


‘Stork has a classically arresting visage, recalling the likes of a Lili Taylor or Dolly Bell in her beauty.’ 

The Film Stage

The best performances of 2021

Honorabe mention: Natasa Stork (Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time)’


By Meredith Taylor


‘But Stork steals the show, hard-edged and soulful in equal measure.‘



The 50 Best Films of 2021

49. Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time’

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