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Tuvalu (1999)

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In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and ... See full summary »

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Eva (as Chulpan Hamatova)
Philippe Clay ...
Karl
Terrence Gillespie ...
Gregor
Catalina Murgea ...
Martha
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Inspector
Djoko Rosic ...
Gustav (as Djoko Rossich)
Zlatina Todeva ...
Old Woman
Todor Georgiev ...
Policeman
Georgi Kishkilov ...
Homeless
Petar Evangelatov ...
Homeless
Evgeni Jermanov ...
Homeless
Blajo Nikolic ...
Homeless
Krikor Hugasjan ...
Homeless (as Krikor Hugasian)
Alexander Dikov ...
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In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and unsophisticated, and he falls in love with the beautiful Eva, who comes to bathe with her father. When Eva and her father lose their home, they come to the bathhouse to stay, but bits of the ceiling fall on the old man and he dies. Eva blames Anton, and she seems to seek the arms of the brute Gregor. Can Anton win back her heart, get the bathhouse through a rigorous government inspection, and help keep his parents employed? Waiting out there somewhere is the paradise isle of Tuvalu. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Eine Reise in die Welt der Träume

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$3,336 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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$408,744 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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A Fun and Bizarre Slapstick Fantasy!
29 June 2008 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

"Tuvalu" is a fantasy/ comedy that pays homage to everything from early German expressionism to Buster Keaton, David Lynch, Fellini and Jeanet and Cairo. In fact, in many ways it's similar to the films "Delicatessen" and "City of Lost Children". In "Tuvalu" a mother and son own a public pool in a creaky old building. Customers pay in buttons to use the pool. Yeah, buttons. An evil contractor, who looks like Jack Nance from "Eraserhead", longs to tear the place down and build a casino. The son falls for a beautiful girl only to have the contractor steal her away from him. He fights to keep the place open and win the heart of the girl. That's the basic plot, although it almost defies description. Even though it's a German film, there is hardly any dialog. The characters communicate by saying each other's names, or using crazy facial expressions, grunts or simple words like "yeah" or "no" which translate into every language. Filmed in sepia tones, It also reminded me of Canadian director Guy Maddin. "Tuvalu" is visually stunning, comical and highly surreal. It is also very cute with its romantic charm.


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