Das Mal des Todes (1985)

A beautiful, nameless woman is hired to spend several days and nights with a man in his apartment. Not only does he want to sleep with her, but he is obsessed with the desire to look at her naked body.

Director:

Peter Handke

Writers:

Marguerite Duras (novel), Peter Handke (screenplay)

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A beautiful, nameless woman is hired to spend several days and nights with a man in his apartment. Not only does he want to sleep with her, but he is obsessed with the desire to look at her naked body. A philosophical dialogue develops between the man who relates his thoughts and writes them down and the woman who explains to him the causes of his 'lethal sickness'. After the woman has left, the narrator and observer, dressed in black, appears. It is Peter Handke, the poet. Film essay about the man - woman relationship: 'Peter Handke's most personal, most permissive and at the same time, most reserved film. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

May 1985 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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