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Anna, an artist, is obsessed with the invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. Her schizophrenia is reflected in the juxtapositions of long movie camera takes with violently ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Susanne Widl Susanne Widl ... Anna
Peter Weibel Peter Weibel ... Peter
Josef Plavec Josef Plavec ... (as Dr. Josef Plavec)
Monica Helfer-Friedrich Monica Helfer-Friedrich
Helke Sander Helke Sander
Dominick Dusek Dominick Dusek
Herbert Schmid Herbert Schmid
Edward Neversal Edward Neversal
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Anna, an artist, is obsessed with the invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. Her schizophrenia is reflected in the juxtapositions of long movie camera takes with violently edited montages: private with public spaces; black & white with colour, still photographs with video, earsplitting sounds with disruptive camera angles. Anna uses her body like a map; after a devastating quarrel with her lover, she paints red stitches on herself. Watching their scenes together, we realize how seldom, if ever before, the details of sexual intimacy have been shown in film from the point of view from a woman. Export privileges rupture over unity and never settles for one-dimensional solutions (Artforum, Nov. 1980) Written by Sixpack Film <office@sixpackfilm.com>

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

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December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adversários Invisíveis See more »

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Mono

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A surprisingly moving experimental film.
18 December 2002 | by kimberlymjSee all my reviews

"Invisible Adversaries" requires patience, but it's worth it. Only after I realized that the box cover was wrong (it's NOT an alien invasion movie) did I begin to see it as the moving story of a woman who sees the collapse of her intimate relationship in everything around her--the emptiness of the people she sees, the fighting in the world at large. She's also a photographer, and what she does as an artist is mirrored by the filmic technique itself--the film is full of doubling, re-takes, delays, and some stunning images (in one sequence shown as if it were being projected over her bed as she's sleeping, she walks across the town in ice skates).

I found myself comparing it to Surrealist films (especially Maya Deren) and sometimes, for brief moments, even Godard. It's not always an easy movie to take: the lighting seems deliberately un-beautiful, and you won't escape without some bracing intimate moments. It is aesthetically distinctly un-French in its ugliness, but marvelous all the same.


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