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My Talk with Florence (2015)

A minimalist interview-film, dealing with one of the most disturbing life-stories from the twentieth Century. An oral history about abuse, resistance and survival.


Paul Poet


Paul Poet

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Florence Burnier-Bauer Florence Burnier-Bauer ... Interviewed woman
Paul Poet ... Interviewer


Two Persons. One Tape. One Interview. No Cuts. No tricks. One of the most brutal and disturbing pieces of oral history. Florence Burnier-Bauer was born in Paris in 1949 to an upper middle-class family with Russian roots. Raped by her Granddad at an early age and passed around in secret men's circles, she was hushed by electro-shocks in the insane asylum. Then she fled to the bohemian hobo lifestyle of the swinging sixties, taking off to a life of crime, bringing up three children on the road. Searched by the French police, she thought to find a safe haven in the free-loving Austrian Friedrichshof-Commune, led by Actionist Artist Otto Mühl. That is where hell really began. In 1989 Florence was able to escape. Her court appearance brought Mühl to jail for pedophilia, rape and orchestrated abuse. Her story is a highly unsettling testimonial about a time, known for its social liberalization. It is a showdown with counterculture icon Otto Mühl, previous documentaries had only hinted at. ... Written by Paul Poet

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Release Date:

23 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conversatia mea cu Florence See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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16:9 HD
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16 February 2018 | by irmgard_bergerSee all my reviews

To see this unbelieveable strong woman, to hear her talk about all that unspeakable.... Florence with all her strength did not even in a second give me the impression of a "victim". She survived as a clear minded, strong, sympathic woman. Guess, if all that cruel had happened to me, of course I would have lost myself and my mind. Nobody else could have directed this movie bette and more carefully as Paul Poet, this impressing director, writer, producer of most important documentations worldwide. With tears in my eyes - thank you, Florence, thank you, Paul! Watch Paul Poets brilliant documentations "Empire Me" and "Foreigners out with Ch. Schlingensief" too!!

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