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The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005)

"Laughing Water - Mine Ha-Ha" is based on "Mine-Haha or Physical Education of Young Girls" by German author Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Lulu, Pandora's Vase). Thuringia, Germany, in ... See full summary »

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John Irvin

Writers:

Frank Wedekind (novel), Alberto Lattuada (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Headmistress
Hannah Taylor Gordon ... Irene
Natalia Tena ... Vera
Anna Maguire ... Melusine
Anya Lahiri ... Rain
Emily Pimm Emily Pimm ... Blanka
Mary Nighy ... Hidalla
Urbano Barberini ... Prince
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Gertrude
Eva Grimaldi ... Simba
Enrico Lo Verso ... Inspector
Galatea Ranzi ... Lady Helena
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Nikki Gummer Nikki Gummer ... (voice)
Tomás Hanák ... Hearse Driver
Zuzana Maxa ... Lora (as Zuzana Ríhová)
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"Laughing Water - Mine Ha-Ha" is based on "Mine-Haha or Physical Education of Young Girls" by German author Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Lulu, Pandora's Vase). Thuringia, Germany, in the early 20th century. A group of young girls are brought up in a college withinh dark forests and gloomy lakes. Young Hidalla and her friends Irene, Vera, Blanka, Melusine and Rain are brought up in an isolated world: the girls don't know anything about live outside the college's high walls. At the age of 16, some of them start asking questions about their origins, their parents and the true purposes of the Headmistresses strict rules. When two of them disappear mysteriously, the initial fairytale atmosphere grows more and more eerie. Will the inspector from the nearby city discover the real purpose of the college? Will Hidalla be successful in her revolt against the destiny assigned to her by the Headmistress? Written by Federico Del Monte

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Drama | Mystery

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Simba: [to a dancer] You can play the poor prince. You're a good dancer, but as you've always known... you're not pretty.
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needs more tension
3 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In early 20th century Germany, an isolated school raises girls from babies. It's run by the headmistress (Jacqueline Bisset) and financed by a wealthy prince. The girls learn music and dance but they know nothing about the outside world. The school is slated to be closed. Hidalla, Irene, Vera, Blanka, Melusine and Rain are in the oldest class. They name the local waterfall Mine Ha-Ha. The insular world is revealed to be stranger and stranger. Irene and Hidalla start a hesitant love affair. Everyone is competing to be the rose for the ballet which is to be attended by the prince. Vera is killed and the girls try to escape which only leads to another death.

This is an erotic horror. It is definitely skewing more towards erotic than horror. The movie needs more tension. It moves too slowly for long stretches. As an erotica, it has some memorable scenes. I wish it concentrate more on the mystery horror side. It reveals too much for the mystery to be compelling. As it stands, this is a classy soft core porn with an actual story.


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Official Sites:

2-1-0 Films [Greece]

Country:

Czech Republic | UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2005 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Liberec, Czech Republic See more »

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$251,103
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