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Coup de Grâce (1976)

Der Fangschuß (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 November 1976 (France)
A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Marguerite Yourcenar (novel), Geneviève Dormann (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matthias Habich ... Erich von Lhomond
Margarethe von Trotta ... Sophie de Reval
Rüdiger Kirschstein Rüdiger Kirschstein ... Conrad von Reval
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost Bruno Thost ... Chopin
Henry van Lyck ... Borschikoff
Hannes Kaetner Hannes Kaetner ... Michel
Franz Morak Franz Morak ... Grigori Loew
Frederik von Zichy Frederik von Zichy ... Franz von Aland
Mathieu Carrière ... Volkmar
Valeska Gert ... Tante Praskovia
Alexander von Eschwege Alexander von Eschwege ... Blankenberg
Maria Guttenbrunner Maria Guttenbrunner ... Mutter Loew
Stephan Paryla Stephan Paryla ... Sergeant
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Storyline

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

17 November 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de Grâce See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Title translation: Finishing Blow. See more »

Quotes

Sophie de Reval: Do you have a mistress? Some woman must be waiting for you in Germany or France? Franz tells me women are fond of you.
Erich von Lhomond: I have no mistress, Sophie.
Sophie de Reval: You don't want to talk about it.
Erich von Lhomond: My affairs with women have been short and trivial. There's nothing to say.
Sophie de Reval: A brief affair can be beautiful.
Erich von Lhomond: Women want lasting relationships. Friendship means more to me.
Sophie de Reval: Than love?
Erich von Lhomond: It's more reliable.
Sophie de Reval: You've only met the worst sort of women.
Erich von Lhomond: On the contrary, I thought them the best. In any case, they didn't try to ...
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Dull, dull, dull, dull. And, also very DULL! Did I mention it was dull?!
15 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins in Latvia just after WWI. Being a history teacher, I knew that multinational troops occupied much of Russia during this time. There was serious concern about the spread of Bolshevism and the troops were there ostensibly to protect their nations' interests. However, some times they flew missions or had armed conflicts with the Communist army, as the nations involved really wanted to see the so-called "Whites" win. However, the Whites were deeply factionalized--some wanting the return of a czar, some wanting a republic and some wanting something in between. Because of these mixed goals and a lack of a real commitment by the foreign armies, the whole expedition was doomed and left the USSR after only a year or two. However, what I did NOT know was that German troops were also involved. This surprised me, as they had just lost WWI and weren't in the best shape to be mounting such an expedition.

This is the backdrop for the film, but it's also about a pro-Communist rich lady and her ill-fated love for a childhood friend who is among the German troops. She throws herself at him repeatedly but in each case he rebuffs her. So, she then sublimates these desires by various affairs. While none of this sex is all that graphic, this and the underlying reason the man isn't interested make this a rather adult film and one I wouldn't show to younger audiences.

While the setting for this film is interesting, the overall film is as gray and lifeless as any I have seen. I don't recommend it unless you are an amazingly patient person or you are really into overrated German films. I especially warn away anyone who suffers with depression, as it will no doubt make it worse. The simple fact is that there are so many better German films out there waiting to be seen--such as MOSTLY MARTHA, DAS BOOT, MOTHER KUSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN, WINGS OF DESIRE or ALI, FEAR EATS THE SOUL (among others).


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