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51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking ... See full summary »

Director:

Ivan Fíla

Writers:

Ivan Fíla (screenplay), Lubomír Feldek (poems)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenka Vlasáková ... Lea
Christian Redl ... Strehlow
Hanna Schygulla ... Wanda
Miroslav Donutil ... Gregor Palty
Udo Kier ... Block
Gerd Lohmeyer Gerd Lohmeyer ... Postmaster
Tereza Vetrovská Tereza Vetrovská ... Young Lea
Ivan Gogál ... Father of Lea (as Ivo Gogál)
Klára Jirsáková Klára Jirsáková ... Mother of Lea
Oliver Stritzel ... Doctor
Herman van Ulzen Herman van Ulzen ... Administrator
Zuzana Krónerová ... Beata Paltyova
Sona Valentová ... Doctor
Mojmír Kucera Mojmír Kucera ... Jakub
Ján Melkovic Ján Melkovic ... Station-master
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51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking resemblance to Herbert's dead wife. They get married, but their relationship seems doomed, until gradually each one manages to penetrate the mysterious world of the other, and they begin to realize that they are bound by a kind of spiritual relationship. For Lea it is the death of her mother, for Herbert it is the death of his first wife. His hard exterior slowly beings to thaw, and he starts to show feelings and responses that soften Lea's initial hatred and fear of him, and which put their relationship in a more positive light. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

Slovak

Release Date:

22 May 1997 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Lean tarina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$914, 29 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,071, 1 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Over-rated
21 February 1999 | by petshopSee all my reviews

A "the Piano-esque" story of a young Slovakian woman who witnesses and experiences terrible things. It is also a love story.

While beautiful and idyllically paced, much of the story simply seems too familiar. Eventually beauty tames the beast, and true love evolves from abuse. But at just a moment too late...

The overdramatic and sometimes downright annoying score (you'll hear glass shatter about 10 times a minute) labriously bog down what otherwise may have been a beautiful film.


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