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Running time
125 min.
Germany Germany
Elfriede Jelinek, Patricia Moraz (Novel: Ingeborg Bachmann)
Giacomo Manzoni
Elfi Mikesch
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Co-production Germany-Austria; Kuchenreuther Filmproduktion GmbH / Neue Studio Film / Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Mystery. Drama. Fantasy. Romance
Synopsis / Plot
Malina, the key character of this psychological enigma, is the strong rational part of a fragile personality, which splits also in a passionate female character, played by Isabelle Huppert, both actually symbolic figures of a single personality. The story describes, in a thrilling performance of the dual actors, a disastrous love affair, where love substitutes the reason of being and in spacial reflections of her childhood and parents, unfolds the puzzle of authenticitation in a passionate relationship. Symbolic behavioral patterns are the driving elements of this movie by a german director, but in perfect line with classic French movies, e.g. by Claude Chabrol.
1991: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Palm
1990: 4 German Film Awards: including Best Film and Director
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