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Melancholie der Engel (2009)

Two friends meet again to share their last days in an old house where everything happened a long time ago. They gather a group of people, which results in a disastrous turn of events, during which reveals the deepest human depths.

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Credited cast:
Zenza Raggi ...
Brauth
Frank Oliver ...
Katze
Janette Weller ...
Melanie
Bianca Schneider ...
Bianca
Patrizia Johann ...
Anja S.
Pietro Martellanza ...
Heinrich (as Peter Martell)
Margarethe von Stern ...
Clarissa
Martina Adora ...
Novizin
Marc Anton ...
Mönch
Tobias Sickert ...
Großer Mann
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Katze als Engel (voice)
Jens Geutebrück ...
Priest (as Geutebrück)
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Katze (as Frank Oliver)
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A dark secret connects Katze and Brauth, two middle aged men. Katze has the clue that his end is near. The two friends meet again after years to share their last days in the old house where everything happened a long time ago. With three women they met on their way, the atmosphere begins to recur a second time. When Heinrich, and old artist, decides to attend after all, the friends have their last chance to renew and cut with the history and to settle an old score. In the melancholy of the near end, Katze passes again all the situations in his life. In the hour of death, he is not alone anymore. His body is gone and his soul stays back in the same place where his destiny and fulfillment occurred. Written by Anonymous

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Lullaby
by David Hess & Greg Hilfman
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Pathetic, violent, associative, hypnotic, dramatic, romantic, musical, metaphysical, tragic
17 October 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

With its focus on audiovisual composition, THE ANGELS' MELANCHOLIA essentially is an emotional experience. Not enough, the complexly developed story also stretches out to themes of friendship, passion, revenge and death wish. This assumes intense preoccupation with all the multiple layers of the movie. In aesthetic, tender images the stunned audience witnesses events that blurred the frontiers between reality and fiction probably already during the shooting. Just apparently in contradiction the events are accompanied by citations of German contemporary history, which gives Marian Dora's work a powerful intellectual historical basis. The movie's structure is similar to the baroque cathedral which gets a central role in the movie: The story and (only on the first sight) marginal details get mirrored like a symmetry axis and seem to be the counterpart of the leading characters destiny.

A personal work of director Marian Dora, the movie defies all formal conventions of storytelling. In nearly all scenes the movie breaks up to the audience's expectations. Established viewing and thinking habits as well as generally accepted and provided moral patterns are getting destroyed and stay unusable. If comparisons are appropriate at all, THE ANGELS' MELANCHOLIA has its place between the work of Jodorowsky or Pasolini. However, the movie can't deny its German roots and openly admits its highly controversial underground cinema status: Poetic, radical, original, unwieldy and impossible to forget.


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