A married couple meet an old friend of the husband during the vacation. The friend is also on vacation with his wife. The couples start to do things together. The four characters have ...
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A married couple meet an old friend of the husband during the vacation. The friend is also on vacation with his wife. The couples start to do things together. The four characters have different feelings about spending time together and the trip makes their inner dissatisfactions come to light.Written by
I was very surprised to see how well this movie is made and how much it touched my heart and soul, even if it is a comedy. In the US, stories like that are told by John Updike and the Woody Allen of the 1980s. Here in Germany we have Martin Walser who examines and dissects husbands and wives like angels and insects.
What begins as light summer days quickly turns into disaster but director Rainer Kaufmann never lets heaviness and depression creep into a vacation idyll that each of the four protagonists tries to maintain. Supported by four brilliant performances and the fluid, yet never obtrusive cinematography by Klaus Eichhammer, the director permits a view of a marriage in decline, withhelding the all important question: will they manage to overcome the obstacles? The script is complex, funny, exciting. I also would like to point out to a very unusual music score by Annette Focks. This is a film that manages to surprise us both from the dramaturgy as well as its direction. This is a true sophisticated comedy!
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