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The Left-Handed Woman (1977)

Die linkshändige Frau (original title)
After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.

Director:

Peter Handke

Writers:

Peter Handke (novel), Peter Handke (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Clever ... Marianne - Die Frau
Markus Mühleisen Markus Mühleisen ... Stefan - Sohn
Bruno Ganz ... Bruno
Michael Lonsdale ... Kellner (as Michel Lonsdale)
Angela Winkler ... Franziska - Lehrerin
Ines Des Longchamps Ines Des Longchamps ... Frau mit Kind (as Inès de Longchamps)
Philippe Caizergues Philippe Caizergues ... Stefan's Friend
Gérard Depardieu ... Mann mit dem T-Shirt
Bernhard Wicki ... Verleger
Nicholas Novikoff Nicholas Novikoff ... Fahrer
Jany Holt ... Frau im Versammlungslokal (as Janine Holt)
Bernhard Minetti Bernhard Minetti ... Vater
Rüdiger Vogler ... Schauspieler
Hanns Zischler
Simone Benmussa Simone Benmussa
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After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.

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Drama

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Trivia

The Left-Handed Woman (1977) was shot in the town Clamart, close to Paris, France. The film is also set there. Director Peter Handke lived in Clamart between 1977 and 1978 with his daughter Amina. See more »

Goofs

When Marianne and Bruno meet again after their separation and go buying shoes together, the reflection of a boom mic is visible in the window outside the shop. See more »

Connections

Features Tokyo Chorus (1931) See more »

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Für Elise
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Best introduction to Handke's world
1 October 2002 | by emgasullaSee all my reviews

Of the many films by Peter Handke (either alone or with his partner Wim Wenders) this may be the most appealing. It is also not recommended for modern viewers accustomed to Hollywood's rhythm -it is long, slow paced and even difficult to follow sometimes. I strongly recommend viewers to read the book too, although they may not find too many additional clues there, for Handke's style is to reflect the character's actions rather than their thoughts (which, by the way, should be the perfect cinematic approach). Some people have wasted their time especulating about the woman's reasons to divorce her husband: the french essayist Gilles Lipovetsky even said that her "lack of good reasons" is a sign of modern life's emptiness. In fact, we can not say she does not have reasons: only we are not allowed to see them on the screen. One might even think that Handke himself did not care to build the woman's inner thoughts (and if he did, he sure did not share them with us). The movie, and the book, are about communication between us, or at least this is one of its possible readings. Do we really know what is on other people's mind, even people real close to us? The answer is no: we can only talk of what they tell us, or what we might hint, but how many times had we been completely wrong about somebody? The movie defies the usual assumption of an omniscient camera: the woman would not share her thoughts with the viewers, and this leaves us with a sense of discomfort. We feel compelled to find motivations that are just not there. Just the fact that the movie makes us think about it would be enough to qualify it as a masterpiece.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

26 May 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Canhota See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,773
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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