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Liebestraum (1991)

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The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not... See full summary »

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Mike Figgis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Anderson ... Nick Kaminsky
Pamela Gidley ... Jane Kessler
Bill Pullman ... Paul Kessler
Kim Novak ... Lillian Anderson Munnsen
Graham Beckel ... Sheriff Pete Ricker
Zach Grenier ... Barnard Ralston IV
Thomas Kopache ... Dr. Parker
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Nurse #1
Jack Wallace ... Mike
Max Perlich ... Orderly #1
Catherine Hicks ... Mary Parker
Taina Elg ... Old Mother Ralston
Tom McDermott ... Night Porter
Joseph McKenna Joseph McKenna ... Day Clerk
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd ... Orderly #2
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The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not know Lilian since he was adopted when he was a child but he pays the bill for her to stay in a private room in the hospital. While walking on the street, Nick stumbles upon his former college friend Paul Kessler, who is demolishing with his team an old department store building where a murder and a suicide happened many years ago. While talking to Paul, there is an accident and Nick saves his life. Paul invites Nick to go to the birthday party of his wife Jane Kessler. Nick feels attracted by the building that is built in cast iron and asks Paul to visit it. Meanwhile Jane, who is a photographer, decides to take photos of the same building. They get close to each other and Nick learns that Jane was also adopted. Along the following days, Jane and Nick have a love affair and Nick discloses hidden ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A story of lust, murder and dreams.

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Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atração Proibida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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$133,645
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Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Roger Howarth. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Pete Ricker: I love a good piss! Boy, you can't beat that.
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Alternate Versions

Director's cut is unrated and contains several minutes of additional footage. This version is available in VHS format. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992) See more »

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Love's Got Me
Written by Trevor Jacobs, Carl McIntosh, Kenny Nicholas and Suni Suleyman
Performed by Loose Ends
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd. and Brampton Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Ten Records
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Melancholic and Beautiful
31 May 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky (Kevin Anderson) returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen (Kim Novak) that is terminal. Nick does not know Lilian since he was adopted when he was a child but he pays the bill for her to stay in a private room in the hospital. While walking on the street, Nick stumbles upon his former college friend Paul Kessler (Bill Pullman), who is demolishing with his team an old department store building where a murder and a suicide happened many years ago. While talking to Paul, there is an accident and Nick saves his life. Paul invites Nick to go to the birthday party of his wife Jane Kessler (Pamela Gidley). Nick feels attracted by the building that is built in cast iron and asks Paul to visit it. Meanwhile Jane, who is a photographer, decides to take photos of the same building. They get close to each other and Nick learns that Jane was also adopted. Along the following days, Jane and Nick have a love affair and Nick discloses hidden secrets from their past.

"Liebestraum" (meaning love dream in German and title of a Franx Liszt 's composition) is a melancholic and beautiful film by Mike Figgis. The depressive story of a love affair in the 50's or 60's ended in a murder and suicide and the consequences in the present days (1991) is supported by great performances, wonderful cinematography and magnificent music score. The direction of Mike Figgis follows the style of film-noir and this film has been only released on VHS in Brazil. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Liebestraum - Atração Proibida" ("Liebestraum – Forbidden Attraction")


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