OK i watched it on Friday night and in short, i enjoyed watching it! The film focuses on two different time periods, 1823 and the present day, with costume and location for the 19th century being convincing. The special effects were very impressive and there were some beautiful pictures of rural Austria, however at times i felt the scenes of 1823 were a bit difficult to follow, which is probably due to my German being not completely fluent.
Scenes from the modern era were more entertaining. I enjoyed seeing how Thomas met Tamara, their relationship, and the drama from this era was convincing. Thomas then lost contact with Tamara and was told about the "schwarzen man" (black man). Then eventually we see the connection between 19th century Austria and the modern day.
I found the scenes of present day Austria more entertaining as i felt i could understand more of the storyline, however the standard of film-making here is very impressive and shows what high standards can be achieved on a shoestring budget.
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