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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenka Vlasáková ...
Lea
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Strehlow
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Wanda
Miroslav Donutil ...
Gregor Palty
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Block
Gerd Lohmeyer ...
Postmaster
Tereza Vetrovská ...
Young Lea
Ivan Gogál ...
Father of Lea (as Ivo Gogál)
Klára Jirsáková ...
Mother of Lea
Oliver Stritzel ...
Doctor
Herman Van Ulzen ...
Administrator
Zuzana Krónerová ...
Beata Paltyova
Sona Valentová ...
Doctor
Mojmír Kucera ...
Jakub
Ján Melkovic ...
Station-master
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51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking resemblance to Herbert's dead wife. They get married, but their relationship seems doomed, until gradually each one manages to penetrate the mysterious world of the other, and they begin to realize that they are bound by a kind of spiritual relationship. For Lea it is the death of her mother, for Herbert it is the death of his first wife. His hard exterior slowly beings to thaw, and he starts to show feelings and responses that soften Lea's initial hatred and fear of him, and which put their relationship in a more positive light. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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22 May 1997 (Czech Republic)  »

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$914 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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$31,071 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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Over-rated
21 February 1999 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

A "the Piano-esque" story of a young Slovakian woman who witnesses and experiences terrible things. It is also a love story.

While beautiful and idyllically paced, much of the story simply seems too familiar. Eventually beauty tames the beast, and true love evolves from abuse. But at just a moment too late...

The overdramatic and sometimes downright annoying score (you'll hear glass shatter about 10 times a minute) labriously bog down what otherwise may have been a beautiful film.


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