Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Our hero artist has a problem. He can not deal either with his wife or the modern world. He slowly lashes out and the results are both destructive, strangely liberating and redeeming. A beautifully crafted film that tells a compelling story of a sensitive artist.
As a member of the audience, I could sympathize with his anger at the slow destruction of that which has been. In one scene in the movie, we see him trying to get used to the idea of shopping in a modern supermarket after always getting his vegetables at a small store. He needs these for an artistic project we see throughout the film. Later, he revisits the store and the results are terrifying.
The acting by Ulrich Tukur is marvelous. He conveys the artist's slow burning anger with amazing ability. He is so angry that he can not really appreciate the love that finally finds him.
I saw this film at a series entitled, "Landscapes of the Soul", at the National Gallery of Art. If you can find this film in your area, I would suggest you check it out.
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