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What You Don't See (2009)

Was du nicht siehst (original title)
This impressive psychological thriller about a sensitive German adolescent grappling with his father's suicide and his mother's new boyfriend plays out against the eerie woods and fantastic rock formations of the Brittany Coast.

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A slow and atmospheric, almost cryptic movie that is really thrilling and haunting...
13 July 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The pace is incredibly slow, in fact, but in this case this is an extremely good thing. The dialogue is limited, but very strong, and somehow cryptic, like the whole movie is. The film resists the constant pressure of "Hollywood cinema" and its commitment to a clear solution.

The focus of the story is the 17-year-old Anton who goes with his mother Lucy and her new boyfriend Paul to Brittany on holiday. After the suicide of his father some time ago, silent reproaches between mother and son have accumulated, and the unprocessed griefs prevent a new relationship between them.

In this situation he first met David and Katja and he is more and more fascinated by them with their aura of suppressed violence and sexuality. They seem to embody all his negative psychological parts that have been suppressed. Increasingly fascinated by both, Anton gets into a confusing maelstrom of events.

The movie is really really thrilling, though not much happens, at least not at first glance, but for me the film is really haunting. The only downside is that the characters and their relationships to each other remain visible as a construct. The result is that the characters seem artificial, and it remains difficult to identify with them.

Overall a pretty good movie, that is worth to see.


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