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 ... See full summary »

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Lea
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Strehlow
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Wanda
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Gregor Palty
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Block
Gerd Lohmeyer ...
Postmaster
Tereza Vetrovská ...
Young Lea
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Father of Lea (as Ivo Gogál)
Klára Jirsáková ...
Mother of Lea
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Doctor
Herman Van Ulzen ...
Administrator
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Beata Paltyova
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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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Drama | Romance

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22 May 1997 (Czech Republic)  »

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Lean tarina  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$914 (USA) (29 September 2000)

Gross:

$31,071 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Quiet yet powerful movie - you'll remember long after you've seen it
12 June 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie late one night long after I should have gone to bed. I didn't expect much since there is a lot of drivel on at that time of night, but was very pleasantly surprised. This is a quiet film. There are no bombs, car wrecks or much in the way of sweaty bodies here. There isn't even much dialogue - body language and glances often do the talking.

The film's focus is instead its characters. The title character and the man she finds herself married to are both extremely complex, interesting personalities. Lea, is a remarkable blend of frail beauty and incredible strength. Since abuse (cycles of it) and loss (also cycles of it) are strong themes in "Lea" the film is sometimes emotionally hard to deal with, but because everything is so beautifully acted and directed I found that I couldn't turn away. Definitely worth watching.


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