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Le sacre du printemps (2004)

We follow the lives of three people who are locked in their respective paths, prohibited from enjoying life outside of their pain. Divine intervention alters their paths however, and they ... See full summary »

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Ariadna del Carmen ... Lucía
... Esther
... Dr. Bardot
Julio Gómez ... Lucía's father
Chun Mei Tan ... Lucía's mother
Amado Dedeun ... Santería priest
Eloy Machado ... Master of Ceremonies
Thorsten Becker ... Lucía's Lover
Rudolf Sergers-Vervliet ... Lucía's Lover
Theo Hijzen ... Lucía's Lover
Marcel Funck ... Homeless Man
André Hendrix ... Homeless Man
Marc Remue ... Homeless Man
Juana Mercedes Kindelán Tamayo ... God
Elisabeth Molnár ... Guardian angel
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We follow the lives of three people who are locked in their respective paths, prohibited from enjoying life outside of their pain. Divine intervention alters their paths however, and they seek redemption, cleansing, and hope. They encounter symbols of their own minds on this journey as they try to find their way through to a brighter future. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring". Written by Tony M. Ford

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15 February 2004 (Germany)  »

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Le sacre du printemps
Written by Igor Stravinsky
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Rites of Spring and Rejuvenation

Director Oliver Herrmann uses Igor Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) performed by the Berliner Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle as the basis/backdrop/soundtrack for a silent movie.

The film leads the viewer into the world of Santeria. Three people, unknown to each other, have their lives interlinked. To create humans 'God' bakes them in an oven like biscuits. 'God' baptises them and sends them on their way through life. 'God' also creates their city on a table - and the film ends on this table as well. Throughout 'God' is watching their progress, hardships, happiness and sadness through a telescope.

Dr Bardot has an obsession about cleanliness/hygiene. Lucia is obsessed with sex yet unfulfilled and unhappy. Since her husband has passed away, Esther is obsessed with death.

When the characters hit rock bottom, 'God' uses two coins to cause a solar eclipse during which they are transported to a tropical island to partake in a ritual.

The visuals are astounding. One is never sure whether 'God' is male or female, the transitions of the humans and guardian angels from baked dolls to human beings are subtle but unmistakable and the wordless actions of the three central characters as well as the rest of the cast are flawless. (Lucia's jealous father watching her having sex is but one example.)

What as stroke of genius to take Stravinsky's music away from the ballet and give it a fresh look and meaning. Here the sacrifice of the virgin takes on an altogether different meaning...

Lovers of art films and art music should make a point of watching this. The music was recorded especially for the film. It's released on DVD by ARTHAUS MUSIK. A must see. Please note the film contains nudity


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