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Coup de grâce (1976)
"Der Fangschuß" (original title)

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A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Complete credited cast:
Matthias Habich ...
Erich von Lhomond
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Sophie de Reval
Rüdiger Kirschstein ...
Conrad von Reval
Marc Eyraud ...
Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost ...
Henry van Lyck ...
Borschikoff
Hannes Kaetner ...
Michel
Franz Morak ...
Grigori Loew
Frederik von Zichy ...
Franz von Aland
Mathieu Carrière ...
Volkmar
Valeska Gert ...
Tante Praskovia
Alexander von Eschwege ...
Blankenberg
Maria Guttenbrunner ...
Mutter Loew
Stephan Paryla ...
Sergeant
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A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Release Date:

17 November 1976 (France)  »

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Coup de grâce  »

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Sophie de Reval: Do you have a mistress? Some woman must be waiting for you in Germany or France? Franz tells me women are fond of you.
Erich von Lhomond: I have no mistress, Sophie.
Sophie de Reval: You don't want to talk about it.
Erich von Lhomond: My affairs with women have been short and trivial. There's nothing to say.
Sophie de Reval: A brief affair can be beautiful.
Erich von Lhomond: Women want lasting relationships. Friendship means more to me.
Sophie de Reval: Than love?
Erich von Lhomond: It's more reliable.
Sophie de Reval: You've only met the worst sort of women.
Erich von Lhomond: On the contrary, I thought them the best. In any case, they didn't try to ...
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My reservations are only technical...
7 November 2004 | by (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

...and then only in regard to the atrocious VHS presentation of this film. It's a good thing I understand a fair amount of German and of French, for fully 2/3 of the subtitles are illegible, and the dialog is presented about 50-50 in those two languages. Why on earth did they use white lettering for subtitles--when this film takes place in winter, with snow all about? For that matter, why do they ever use white subtitles at all? It has always been possible to use either white characters bordered by black, or vice-versa, rendering subtitles legible against any background. This technical incompetence is inexcusable and an insult to a very fine film.

I was completely caught off guard, not having read Ms. Yourcenar's novel, by the plot twist near the end. Let me warn you: there is not one bright spot in this whole movie, nor should there be, set as it is in the most horrific, chaotic days of World War I. It is gripping, the character development is splendid, the characters are three-dimensional and complex, and the plot presents enough moral and ethical dilemmas to occupy a thinking person's idle moments for months.

Acting is uniformly excellent to superb--and the character of the aunt is one that may haunt your dreams, or nightmares, forever after.

I voted an eight and am not sure this film doesn't deserve a ten.


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