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Marian, a middle aged nurse, devotes herself to her patients like a saint. Sometimes she even takes on the role of a redeemer, by helping the gravely ill to the soothing order of ultimate silence. When she gets linked to a neighbor in an act of common voyeurism, she becomes fascinated by him. Faced with the fragility of these newfound emotions, Marian surrenders to her human needs... Written by IDTV Film

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"Expressionistic, metaphoric and excruciating..."
27 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Polish screenwriter and director Urszula Antoniak's second feature film which she also wrote, is a Dutch-Danish co-production based on a short story called "Woods" by Janeck Luter Lenartowicz and was produced by producers Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel and Floor Onrust. It tells the story about a middle-aged nurse named Marian who lives in an apartment-block. Marian is wholeheartedly devoted to her dying patients, works out, spends some time with her friends, but is longing for intimacy and is infatuated with a neighbor she begins to follow. Though Marian's attraction towards this man she knows nothing about is increasing she doesn't contact him, but her life changes when they both witness a crime.

With it's distinct urban milieu depictions and significantly foreboding atmosphere, this existentialistic and voyeuristic psychological drama draws an unsentimental, intimate and heartbreaking portrayal of a humane, bilateral and deeply afflicted woman who has given some much of her love to her patients that she is almost dying for a little bit of affection for herself. While notable for its brilliant low-keyed visuals and the subtle and precise directing by Urszula Antoniak, this tense, cold and brave artistic expression depicts a clinical and condensed study of character about solitude, guilt, death and love, which goes straight into the conflicted heart and soul of the enigmatic protagonist.

This austere, unsettling, graphic, somewhat abstract and character-driven mystery about a lonely woman's internal scream for solace is impelled and reinforced by the astounding and emphatic acting performance, somewhat reminiscent of Isabelle Huppert's acting performance in Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" (2001), by Belgian actress Bien de Moor in a diverse role and the understated supporting acting performance by German actor Lars Eidinger. An expressionistic, metaphoric and excruciating character portrayal of loneliness which gained the Golden Calf for Best Cinematography Jasper Wolf and Best Sound Design Jan Schermer at The Netherlands Film Festival in 2011.


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