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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Petri ...
Maria
Katja Studt ...
Maria (16 years)
Juliane Heinemann ...
Maria (10 years)
Josef Bierbichler ...
Marias Father
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Heinz
Jean Maeser ...
Heinz (Age 26)
Joachim Król ...
Dieter
Rolf Peter Kahl ...
Juergen
Renate Usko ...
Mrs. Dahlbach
Georg Winterfeld ...
Ernst
Tom Spiess ...
Bernhard
Andreas Petri ...
First Aid
Nada Daniels ...
Lydia
Ortwin Spieler ...
First Doctor
Peter Hommen ...
Second Doctor
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This dark psychological thriller draws us slowly but surely into Maria's strange world. Tension mounts as she is buffeted by interactions with her abusive husband, demanding father, and meek paramour. This housewife, who initially appears outwardly unassuming and unremarkable, is shown to possess an inner landscape of the mind which is twisted and scarred. Techniques of German Expressionist cinema gradually give us insight into her psyche. Why does she write letter after letter to herself, stashing them in a living room cabinet? Secret after secret is gradually revealed, until the chilling and disturbing conclusion. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Stunning debut!
31 July 2001 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

Director Tom Tykwer has made a film, that shows the fateful powers, that are to emerge, when a woman is suppressed by men all her life. Maria lives in a dream-land, that exudes violently into real life. Tykwer managed to show the magic of common things in a gray and sorrowful existence.


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