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The filmmaker Lenz has left his native Berlin for the Vosges to research the story behind Georg Büchner's novel fragment Lenz. But he soon trades the Alsatian landscape for higher altitudes and more emotional territory: a reunion with his estranged wife Natalie and their son Noah in the Swiss Alps. Like his literary counterpart, the modern-day Lenz follows the Romantic motto: Genius writes its own rules. Against a background of kitsch global tourism - provided by the authentic Zermatt locations - Thomas Imbach's Lenz portrays an unconventional family and a man struggling between euphoria and desperation. Written by Anonymous

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Coming round the mountain
21 February 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Lenz is the ultimate alpine castaway, feeling his isolation all the more strongly because his affection for his lost love Natalie and their son keeps him tied to the world below. He sets up his makeshift base camp in the Swiss Alps to deep-freeze his heavy heart and make a movie we know next to nothing about. Outstanding performances by Milan Peschel as Lenz and Barbara Maurer as Natalie, inter-cut with enticing shots of Mount Matterhorn, heavily edited to fit the maniac's frame of mind. "Lenz" is a fine sample of director Thomas Imbach's unique blend of grim solipsism, visual daring and absurd comedy. On a par with Carsten Knoops "The Cold Rage of Makalu" and Werner Herzog's very own "Fitzcarraldo".


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