The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »
Margarethe von Trotta
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »
Philippe de Broca
Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted by vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions: her lover, her daughter and daughter's ... See full summary »
DIE WOLKE (The Cloud) is about a breakdown of a nuclear power station in Germany and the story of two teenager-lovers Hannah and Elmar who take refuge. 38.000 people die and Hannah unfortunately becomes contaminated.
The year is 1962. Erik, his newly aquainted friend Edmund and his grown-up brother Henry are going to spend their summer holiday in a fairly decayed house just near the lake Genesaret. One ... See full summary »
Thomas is a German young boy who is spending his Holydays with his father in the Catalan Coast. Unexpectedly he meets Djamile, a Congolese young girl who has arrived illegally to the ... See full summary »
The "Besuch der alten Dame" (The Visit) is a classical theater piece of the great Swiss play writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. This satirical comedy was played in nearly every theater in the German speaking countries. So the plot is well known: An old lady who has become a billionaire comes back in her home town to take revenge on the short sighted people who forced her years ago to leave the city. Her victim is her former lover who left her alone in her misery and committed perjury just to get rid of her.
After 40 years her home town is rotten and financially on the ground. She promises to donate two billion under one condition: Her former lover must be dead. Although in the first time everybody rejects this immoral offer, by the time the attitude of the citizens changes completely...
The movie, an Austrian/German cooperation, has succeeded in converting the theater piece in a film full of suspense. Brilliant is the Austrian actor Christiane Hörbiger who - at the age of 70 - fulfills completely the character of the old lady. Her equal partner is Michael Mendl who plays the role of her former lover. The film has no outstanding effects but shows very well the narrow minded atmosphere of the town and its population, avoiding the static of a stage. All in all a movie which is worth while to be seen. The subject and description of characters is timeless.
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