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

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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:

Burgenland, Austria

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Sophie de Reval: May I come in?
Erich von Lhomond: Of course. Thank you. It's quite late, Sophie.
Sophie de Reval: I'll just smoke a pipeful. Why did you come to Kratovice of all places, Erich?
Erich von Lhomond: Where should I have gone?
Sophie de Reval: You could have stayed in Paris or Berlin. No one forced you to fight in this war.
Erich von Lhomond: I'm an officer and useless in Berlin.
Sophie de Reval: What are you defending here? Your mother lost everything before the war.
Erich von Lhomond: Perhaps I like lost causes. In any case I've always fought for them.
Sophie de Reval: At least you've none of Konrad's illusions.
Erich von Lhomond: Konrad's beliefs are truer...
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A dark revealing film
22 August 2016 | by albrechtcmSee all my reviews

Coup de grâce refers, of course, a finality. Often it means a bullet to the head or something similar to make certain the subject is dead. The original title is Der Fangschuß.

In this German and French language film, covering the period just after World War One, and filmed in a dull black and white that evokes the drab, colorless and perhaps hopeless world for many in the war's aftermath. Set in ravaged Latvia where the Czar had previously allowed a number of aristocratic wealthy Germans to continue to own estates with sumptuous homes. Among these, Countess Sophie de Reval has allowed herself to become attached to the promise of Communism. Despite the German Empire's collapse, German troops nevertheless have been stationed in the region, ostensibly to protect the German citizens from Bolshevism. Since this was formerly a part of Mother Russia, many locals want to see the return of Czarist Russia of the past while some hope for a republic and others only wanting an end to all the strife and horror of war. They only desire a peaceful home for themselves and their children. One of the German officers who has returned to his former homeland, happens to be a gentleman the countess has known since childhood. Once they meet, her former passion re-ignites and when he rebuffs her advances, she begins to throw herself at him. Finally, unable to achieve fulfillment with the officer, the countess releases her sexual desires with others, making this a film destined more for adults, despite the fact that there are really no outright graphic sexual scenes. As mentioned earlier, the drab hopelessness of the period is only accentuated by the low-key black and white film production. This is not an action-packed suspense film, but rather a study in human values and emotions during times of trial. One comment is that the subtitles in English are not well- incorporated into the film and many will find them difficult to follow, especially considering that the film does have a number of abrupt changes of scene. For all that, this is a film many will not quickly forget.


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