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Obsession (1997)

Two men become entangled in a torrid love affair with the same woman. Pierre is Miriam's longtime lover. John is desperately searching for clues about his past when he and Miriam have a ... See full summary »

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Peter Sehr

Writers:

Marie Noëlle (as Marie Noelle), Peter Sehr
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Cast

Credited cast:
Heike Makatsch ... Miriam Auerbach
Charles Berling ... Pierre Moulin
Daniel Craig ... John MacHale
Seymour Cassel ... Jacob Frischmuth
Allen Garfield ... Simon Frischmuth
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Ella Beckmann
Daniel Gélin ... Xavier Favre
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Ise (Lead singer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katja Ackermann Katja Ackermann ... Heike
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict ... Guy
Lydia Billiet Lydia Billiet ... Florist in Metro
Anna Böttcher Anna Böttcher ... Saleswoman
Hubertus Durek Hubertus Durek ... Old Man
Lothar Förster Lothar Förster ... Mr. Jäger
Heinz-Werner Kraehkamp Heinz-Werner Kraehkamp ... Detective
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Two men become entangled in a torrid love affair with the same woman. Pierre is Miriam's longtime lover. John is desperately searching for clues about his past when he and Miriam have a fateful encounter in a Berlin train station. The allure of forbidden love becomes irresistible, and an intense love triangle is ignited. Who will Miriam choose? Who will walk away? For two men who desperately adore the same woman and for the woman who loves them equally...there is no easy way out. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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There Is No Easy Way Out

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Drama | Music | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

28 August 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Niagara See more »

Filming Locations:

Leipzig, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Budget:

FRF 30,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For the German-language dub, John's voice was supplied by Mark Strong, since the character had to speak with an English accent. According to Strong, he was recommended for the job by Daniel Craig himself. See more »

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Really lost in translation
23 September 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I happen to watch this German film because a friend of mine, who has an amazing knack of choosing bad films, happened to have a DVD of OBSESSION when I recently visited him. He asked me if I wanted to watch it and having suffered from his previous choices (THE FAMILY STONE, THE SKELETON KEY...), I wasn't about to say yes but then he gave me no other options and I had to sit through another miserable cinematic experience. And, wow, this one was bad! 40 minutes into the movie and my friend looked at me and said that he couldn't follow anything and nothing made sense. I couldn't agree more with him. The story and or direction rarely made any sense whatsoever. It tried to be eclectic and cute but ended up looking amateurish and confused. What was Daniel Craig thinking when he agreed to do this? Something was probably lost in translation here because the level of absurdity over the Daniel Craig character's obsession with the Niagara tightrope walkers was risible and not credible at all. We couldn't take any of it seriously, and that includes the dialogue, the acting, the flat direction and whatever story there was here. It is good hearted but that's not enough to make up for the absurdity of it all.

There's a love scene at the beginning which made both of us laugh out loud at the same time. We went "Well, that was fast".

Suffice to say, my friend was really bummed out after watching this inexplicably awful film, more than me because, knowing my friend's luck with movies, my expectations were already pretty low to begin with.


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