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Chinese Roulette (1976)

Chinesisches Roulette (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 30 March 1977 (France)
Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette".
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Karina ... Irene Cartis
Margit Carstensen ... Ariane Christ
Brigitte Mira ... Kast
Ulli Lommel ... Kolbe
Alexander Allerson ... Gerhard Christ
Volker Spengler ... Gabriel Kast
Andrea Schober ... Angela Christ
Macha Méril ... Traunitz
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A wealthy couple, with a daughter Angela, a young teen who walks with crutches, tells each other they are off for the weekend on business (he to Oslo, she to Milan). Actually, both are meeting their lovers, and both go to the family's county home, Traunitz castle. Surprising each other, there's sophisticated laughter; they decide to continue as planned. Dinner, however, is interrupted by the arrival of Angela and her mute attendant, also named Traunitz. The next day, the child initiates a game of "Chinese roulette," in which one team tries to guess which of them the other team is thinking of by asking questions. The game has an edge of cruelty and the results are explosive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 March 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Roulette See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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As dangerous as Russian roulette?
13 March 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Believing that her parents' longtime extramarital affairs caused her physical ailments, a teenage cripple arranges for both sets of adulterers to unexpectedly meet at a country home in this Rainer Werner Fassbinder thriller. The film is gloriously photographed by Michael Ballhaus, with the camera giddily spinning around to reflect nervousness when the four adulterers first meet, and the very deliberate framing (some actors turned to faced the camera; others not) throughout adds tension. The juice of the film comes from both the girl's initially elusive motives and the sense of emotions about to explode; at one point, her own mother almost shoots her through an open window. Oddly, the film never explores why the daughter has more hostility towards her mother (and vice versa) than her father, but this aside, the only significantly underwhelming aspect of the film is the title game. Nowhere near as dangerous as Russian roulette on the surface, Chinese roulette -- a game that seems to only exist in the film's universe -- is merely a guessing game of sorts, albeit one in which deep resentment is able to surface. Whatever the case, the film is a surprisingly tense ride considering the minimal sets and small cast. It also offers food for thought in terms of who is to blame and whether indeed the girl's parents brought the situation upon themselves through emotionally (if maybe not physically) injuring their daughter.


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