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Die linkshändige Frau (1978)

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After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Edith Clever ...
Marianne
Markus Mühleisen ...
Stefan - Sohn
...
Bruno
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Kellner
Angela Winkler ...
Franziska - Lehrerin
Bernhard Wicki ...
Verleger
Nicholas Novikoff ...
Fahrer
Bernhard Minetti ...
Vater
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Schauspieler
Jany Holt ...
Frau im Versammlungslokal
...
Mann mit dem T-Shirt
Philippe Calzerques ...
Stefan's Friend
Ines Des Longchamps ...
Frau mit Kind
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Simone Benmuse
Sam Cuzelin
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After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.

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26 May 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Best introduction to Handke's world
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Of the many films by Peter Handke (either alone or with his partner Wim Wenders) this may be the most appealing. It is also not recommended for modern viewers accustomed to Hollywood's rhythm -it is long, slow paced and even difficult to follow sometimes. I strongly recommend viewers to read the book too, although they may not find too many additional clues there, for Handke's style is to reflect the character's actions rather than their thoughts (which, by the way, should be the perfect cinematic approach). Some people have wasted their time especulating about the woman's reasons to divorce her husband: the french essayist Gilles Lipovetsky even said that her "lack of good reasons" is a sign of modern life's emptiness. In fact, we can not say she does not have reasons: only we are not allowed to see them on the screen. One might even think that Handke himself did not care to build the woman's inner thoughts (and if he did, he sure did not share them with us). The movie, and the book, are about communication between us, or at least this is one of its possible readings. Do we really know what is on other people's mind, even people real close to us? The answer is no: we can only talk of what they tell us, or what we might hint, but how many times had we been completely wrong about somebody? The movie defies the usual assumption of an omniscient camera: the woman would not share her thoughts with the viewers, and this leaves us with a sense of discomfort. We feel compelled to find motivations that are just not there. Just the fact that the movie makes us think about it would be enough to qualify it as a masterpiece.


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