ILLUSION is a film about people, their wishes, fears, hopes and longings. A glance behind the facade of daily routine. A visually stunning cycle between reality and illusion, a carousel of ... See full summary »
Marina Anna Eich,
Two women are held hostage in a deep basement of an abandoned industrial site. They're chained to the wall, sharing a moldy mattress, some food and a bucket. From time to time their captor ... See full summary »
Marina Anna Eich,
Peter, a married psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been engaged in an affair of sensual dominance and submission in an S&M dungeon where they must abide by the ... See full summary »
Carlo and Silvia are married since twenty years. He lives with a young lover, while Silvia lives in their original flat. Their 'regular' menage changes when also Silvia starts meeting ... See full summary »
Dino is forty years old and an immense love for Anna, who is unable to touch and consume in an embrace. Anesthetist by day, compulsive lover at night, seeking satisfaction with prostitutes ... See full summary »
Thomas (Lars Eidinger) returns from the university back to the Hessian Heimatkaff. There is just the "Grenzgang" celebrated a festival on which he met Kerstin (Claudia Michelsen). Years later, they meet again - two disillusioned souls
Obsession, sex, and illusion are depicted in a series of parallel stories. Alex, a museum guard is love-struck with Nicole with whom he lives. She meets a naive Amazon, Kristina, who ... See full summary »
Mika Ela Fisher,
Sophie, a student of Egyptology as well as Christoph, an out-of-work actor, apply to a classified ad in the newspaper for a job. "Someone to look after my house for six weeks - good pay." ... See full summary »
Marina Anna Eich
Sexuality is still a very sensitive theme in cinema. We have tons of movies talking about greed, envy, family, success and love, but there are still very few examples for religious or sexual themes - and even less which combine these two. There is a reason for that. Sexuality is considered as dirty, Religion is considered as very private. It takes some wit to ignore both, and go deep down the rabbit hole to find some answers.
"The passion of life" is an independent production which tries to shed a sophisticated light at this topic. And unlike many other, they manage to do so without using sexuality as an eye catcher, but as the very key to the main theme.
Indeed this movie is NOT about BDSM, it is no blockbuster, and it is not trying to be. It is a movie with a strong connection to theatre and to philosophy. If you look for a kinky SM flick, look somewhere else. If you ever wondered if there is a deeper reason for sex than just breeding, look here.
For me, the most interesting part of this movie were the deep and intense discussions about lust and sin, which were far from being the typical black/white stereotype. And all the actors were quite charming in their struggle to fill their life with some sense - like we all are trying to do. Especially Marina Anna Eich as "Eva" convinced me as young, pretty successful woman, who is experiencing her new life with an amazement like Alice in Wonderland.
Don't expect an easy movie here. But in my opinion there is little chance that you ever will get such a deep look at sexuality in a cinema again any time soon.
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