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Curiosity & the Cat (1999)

Writer gets curious about the violent and sado-masochistic ongoings in his neighbour's apartments.


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Complete credited cast:
Detlef Lutz ... Kriminalhauptkommissar Gehler
Andreas Erfurth ... Kriminalkommissar Wosniak
Konstantin Graudus ... Henri Kappes
... Paula (as Nadeshda Brennecke)
Thomas D ... Kurt
Klaus Zmorek ... Flagg
Heribert Czerniak ... Jelinsk
... Hortek (as Jarreth Merz)
Domenico D'Ambrosio ... Stritzl
Sandra Leonhard ... Roke
Natascha Graf ... Julie
Ben Hecker ... Dr. Bieser
Clemens Gerhard ... Assistent


Writer gets curious about the violent and sado-masochistic ongoings in his neighbour's apartments.

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11 November 2000 (Iceland)  »

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$45,000 (estimated)
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Christian Alvart: [mirror shot] Henri is seen washing himself several times in the movie usually by Alvart's typical shot: He is reflected by three mirrors, effectively showing him four times from all angles. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the whole of the credits the two inspectors from the film can be seen sitting in chairs. Although the take looks like a still, they move from time to time. After the credits have ended, the film goes on. See more »


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We shall hear more from Mr Alvart
11 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This doesn't quite get the score I'd like to give it because there are just a couple of slightly irritating loose ends. That aside this is a most audacious debut and promises great things. It always looks fine and moves well always retaining a nice mix of menace and innocence. A body is found, police investigate and a man is interviewed briefly in his flat and asked to get in touch if he hears or sees anything suspicious. Whether all of what follows is real or in the guy's mind we are never quite sure but he is seen boring drill holes into the next apartment, even climbing above into the roof space and cutting a trap door into the next room. He hears and sees scraps of violence and sexuality and continually puts two and two together making possibly five and subsequently alienating his girlfriend and almost us. The use of language is interesting with most in German but much with his girlfriend in English and possibly she is supposed to be English. The 'baddies' dialogue is an unsettled and possibly undefined mix of East European sounds, suggesting a fair amount of paranoia for the 'New Europe' by the Germans, which probably is the case. Despite the odd fault this is always very well shot, arresting and interesting. We shall hear more from Mr Alvart.

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