The Detour tells a semi-autobiographical tale of a young woman's obsession with a charismatic older writer. Dutch actress Tamar van den Dop plays Johanna, a directionless young woman ... See full summary »
The Detour tells a semi-autobiographical tale of a young woman's obsession with a charismatic older writer. Dutch actress Tamar van den Dop plays Johanna, a directionless young woman unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend. Taking in a play by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, she finds herself deeply moved by its dark themes of suicide, solitude, and the impossibility of human contact. She begins to familiarize herself with all of Bernhard's work, becoming fascinated to the point of obsession. One day, on a trip to the French Pyrenees, Johanna decides to make a detour into Austria and seek out the famous man himself... Written by
This film is not about feminism or something like that, it is a film about Thomas Bernhard and an example for a possible influence on his consumers. It is important to know this fact, because I think that Thomas Bernhard is not very popular outside of Austria. He was one of the best authors of Austria and private exactly like the figure in the film. He was not able to have personal relations to another person for a longer time. He was also a very difficult person, but on the other hand very sensible. In my opinion, the film shows this sides very good. Also some very disturbing moments in the life of the woman. But on the other hand the film tries to show the life of this woman and the influence of Thomas Bernhard on her. And exactly this point of the story is not solved very lucky. It is more like two lives that collides, but nobody can say why. So I think it is not the best film to show the character, the work of or simple Thomas Bernhard, but to rate this film it is important to have the right focus on it. I think it would be more effective to read books of Bernhard, watch some of the very good documentaries on him and find yourself the Thomas Bernhard in you.
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