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The Girl and Death (2012)

Het Meisje en de Dood (original title)
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The Girl and Death tells us the impossible love story of Nicolai and the courtesan Elise. A love obstructed by materialism, wealth and death threat.

Director:

Jos Stelling

Writers:

Jos Stelling (script), Bert Rijkelijkhuizen (script) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sylvia Hoeks ... Elise
Sergey Makovetskiy ... Old Nicolai
Dieter Hallervorden ... Der Graf
Renata Litvinova ... Nina
Leonid Bichevin Leonid Bichevin ... Nicolai
Svetlana Svetlichnaya ... Old Nina
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Marcus
Joost Spijkers Joost Spijkers ... Singer
Jim van der Woude Jim van der Woude ... Bell-boy
Dmitry Brauer Dmitry Brauer ... Customs Officer
Paul Schlase Paul Schlase ... Waiter #1
Maxim Kovalevski Maxim Kovalevski ... Bruno
Eva-Maria Kurz Eva-Maria Kurz ... The old actress
Ulrich Anschütz Ulrich Anschütz
Friederike Frerichs Friederike Frerichs ... Olga
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Storyline

The film, based on an original script by Jos Stelling and Bert Rijkelijkhuizen, tells the story of the Russian physician Nicolai who returns to an old hotel, the place where he first met his great love half a century ago, and relives his romantic tragedy. A large part of the film is set in the late nineteenth century and is situated in a abandoned hotel/sanatorium in Tannenfeld, Thuringia (formerly East Germany), where most of the recordings also took place. The hotel still has traces of an impressive past. Eventually it becomes clear why he really has returned. Written by Jos Stelling Filmprodukties

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Netherlands | Russia | Germany

Language:

German | Russian | French

Release Date:

15 November 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota e a Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Thüringen, Germany

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,477
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sylvia Hoeks and Sergey Makoverskyi previously played together in Duska, directed by Jos Stelling. Hoeks received a Gouden Kalf award for her role. See more »

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This movie takes its time.
4 November 2012 | by imdb-jeroenSee all my reviews

This seems to be one of the longest movies I've seen in years. But where some long movies have complex stories and plot lines, this film has a very simple story, that could comfortably be told in half the time. The fact that there is very little dialogue in the film doesn't exactly help the flow either.

So the film has a slow pace, and that's obviously by choice. I guess the director wants us to enjoy the beautifully lit scenes, the slightly overacting faces in close-up and the meritorious artwork. Maybe he wanted the film to have a pace fitting to the period the story takes place, and thus drag the audience into it. For me it didn't really work. The ideas maybe fine, but the elaboration just isn't powerful enough to account for the time spent. It didn't help that both the story and it's portrayal are loaded with platitudes and stereotypes. I guess this is also by choice, for the story could be seen as kind of a fairytale, but again: for me it didn't really work.

If you're a hopeless romantic or in need of some serious cooling down you might enjoy this film, but I could imagine nicer ways to spend all this time.


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