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Verzweiflung (2000)

Ulrike, a young German woman, has just been released from prison, having served a term for murdering her child. She sees life as punishment, which she deserves, for her terrible crime, ... See full summary »

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Ulrike, a young German woman, has just been released from prison, having served a term for murdering her child. She sees life as punishment, which she deserves, for her terrible crime, until she meets Sigs and begins to fall in love. But her silence about her past makes Sigs curious, and he begins to wonder what she is hiding. Written by lament

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12 October 2000 (Germany)  »

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Liebe bis unter die Haut  »

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Intense black and white feature, concentrating on affect and emotion
13 February 2001 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Young German director Markus Lauterbach's feature debut is amazingly intense. As the title "Verzweiflung" ("Despair") suggests this is more about the inside state of a character, than about any external action. Both leading parts, Nina Petri and Sylvester Groth, are doing a great job, displaying their state of mind by small gestures. Lauterbach prefers filming them in close-ups, thereby creating a sense of nearness. Quite in contrast to Hollywood's scriptwriting rules, Lauterbach creates rarely ambivalent characters here, who may be repelling in one aspect, only to be likable in in another. Absolutely recommended.


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