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31 May 2012 (Germany) See more »
The Austrian expressionist poet Georg Trakl was in love with her sister. And she loved him back. Their... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lars Eidinger ... Georg Trakl

Peri Baumeister ... Grete Trakl

Rainer Bock ... Prof. Albert Brückner
Petra Morzé ... Mutter Trakl
Jules Werner ... Oskar Kokoschka
Rafael Stachowiak ... Ludwig Schubeck
Anne Metzler ... Alma Mahler (as Victoire Metzler)
Katharina Straßer ... Fanny (as Katharina Strasser)
Patrick Hastert ... Apotheker

Susi Stach ... Agnes
Christiane Rausch ... Frau Gassner
Nickel Bösenberg ... Conferencier
Germain Wagner ... Buchhändler
Fabienne Elaine Hollwege ... Dunkelhaarige (as Fabienne Hollwege)
Silvia Meisterle ... Franziska Lichtenau
Rainer Friedrichsen ... Vater Trakl

Nikolaus Barton ... Student Musikakademie
Benjamin Cabuk ... Scherenschneider
Otto Lechner ... Akkordeonist / Pianist
Vera Borek ... Georgs Wirtin
Luc Spada ... Männliches Model
Peter Appiano ... Tischnachbar Café Central
Eduard Wildner ... Kellner Café Central

Carl Achleitner ... Ehemann schwangere Frau
Haymon Maria Buttinger ... Kellner in Kneipe
Gerhard Lehmann ... Gast in Kneipe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Breda ... (uncredited)
Katja Wolf ... Kokoschka Gast (uncredited)

Directed by
Christoph Stark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ursula Mauder  screenplay

Produced by
Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan .... commissioning editor
Arno Ortmair .... producer
Dieter Pochlatko .... co-producer
Bettina Ricklefs .... commissioning editor
Nicolas Steil .... producer
Klaus Zimmermann .... producer
Original Music by
Jeannot Sanavia 
Cinematography by
Bogumil Godfrejow  (as Bogumil Godfrejów)
Film Editing by
Thierry Faber 
Casting by
Fritz Fleischhacker 
Production Design by
Christine Caspari 
Set Decoration by
Sylvia Kasel 
Costume Design by
Birgit Hutter 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Adam .... makeup department head
Monika Fischer-Vorauer .... make-up and hair
Isabella Gonzalez .... make-up and hair
Julia Hrdina .... make-up and hair
Christian A. Kahrer .... make-up and hair
Monika Krestan .... make-up and hair
Hannelore Mayer .... make-up and hair
Andreas Meixner .... make-up and hair
Shlomit Migay .... make-up and hair
Anne Weinberger .... make-up and hair
Production Management
Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira .... production manager
Walter Pucker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurent Prim .... second assistant director
Daniel Texter .... first assistant director
Lucía Valverde .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean Roch Bechameil .... painter
Valérie Dodeigne .... head painter
Judith Fischer .... assistant production designer
Ayshea Halliwell .... art department assistant
François Mast .... carpenter
Paddy Patterson .... construction coordinator
Florian Reichmann .... art director: Austria
Sound Department
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... adr editor
Peter V. Meiselmann .... sound
Annette Prey .... sound effects editor
Christoph von Schönburg .... dialogue editor
Eberhard Weckerle .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Würtz .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Ken Fitzke .... special effects technician: Rain
Sascha Heyar .... rain
Camera and Electrical Department
Linda Blaschette .... video operator
Anna Bogacz .... focus puller
Renaud Charlier .... grip
Tonino de Marco .... additional camera operator
Tonino de Marco .... focus puller
Amandine Klee .... second assistant camera
Patrick Muller .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lucky Englander .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Koener .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Manfred Turek .... colorist
Location Management
Jonathan Christoph .... location assistant
Claude Ludovicy .... location consultant
Stéphanie Mengel .... location assistant
Christophe Vincent .... location manager
Music Department
Thomas Osterhoff .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Solveig Harper .... production administrator
Maxime Jacques .... production assistant
Susanne Nowotny .... script supervisor
Hilde Odelga .... production coordinator
Sebastian Rybing .... production assistant
Alexandra Schumann .... production coordinator
Amelie Vrla .... making of: interviews
Amelie Vrla .... production assistant
Amelie Vrla .... publicist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tabu - Es ist die Seele ein Fremdes auf Erden" - Austria (original title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Romantic, but uncompelling, 20 December 2011
Author: Michael Wehle from San Francisco, United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Fictionalized account of Georg and Margarete Trakl, with some marked deviations from the historical record which, while serving the romantic tenor of the film, diminish any claims it has on authenticity.

The acting by Lars Eidinger and Peri Baumeister is fine, and the feel of the film is very romantic, dark, as passionate as Trakl's poetry, but the story yields surprisingly little drama, and the conflict that exists is all of one note: Georg cannot live without his affair with Margarete - he *must* have her! But he *cannot* have her - their incest is a sin. Margarete meanwhile seems unfailingly devoted to Georg. There was so little development in this dynamic that by the end of the film I ceased to care about either character.

The Trakls' story takes place at an interesting juncture in Austria's history. We could have been treated to Wittgenstein, shown Georg's experiences with the military, had Margarete's drug use explained by her compromising her music for marriage, but alas the film chooses a very narrow focus and we're given the "Bruckner" character instead of Langen. Bruckner? As in Anton Bruckner? Do the filmmakers mean their work as a sort of poetic re-imagining of historical fact analogous to Georg's poetry? We are told Georg kills himself, not that he OD'd on cocaine, and that Gretl shoots herself after a party, not that she went through a fortune and died drug-addicted and destitute. And what were they thinking in closing with King Crimson's "Court of the Crimson King"??? Dramatic, sure, but English prog rock to interpret Austro-Hungarian expressionists? Huh? I think in this case sticking closer to reality would have been more interesting than the results of such lavish application of artistic license.

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