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A young German couple find their relationship tested after his mother suffers an accident. Thirty years later, a middle-aged actress splits with her anthropologist husband. Soon, these two couples' paths cross in unexpected ways.

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Angela Schanelec
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miriam Jakob Miriam Jakob ... Theres
Thorbjörn Björnsson Thorbjörn Björnsson ... Kenneth
Maren Eggert Maren Eggert ... Ariane
Phil Hayes Phil Hayes ... David
Anaïa Zapp Anaïa Zapp ... Ariane's daughter
Alan Williams Alan Williams ... Kenneth' father
Petra Trenkel Petra Trenkel ... Theres' mother
Benjamin Hassmann Benjamin Hassmann ... Theres' and Kenneth' son as a young man
Michel Drobnik Michel Drobnik ... Theres' and Kenneth' son as a kid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esther Buss Esther Buss ... Busdriver
Stefan Butzmühlen Stefan Butzmühlen
Ben Carter Ben Carter
Caroline Garnell ... Mother
Helena Hentschel Helena Hentschel
Miriam Horwitz Miriam Horwitz
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Storyline

Greece, 1984. A young Englishman and a German girl sing on the street to finance their vacations. The boy returns home after learning that his mother had an accident, leaving behind his girlfriend. Thirty years later, in Berlin, a television actress abandons her husband, who moves near a railway station. In her most recent film, the director Angela Schanelec creates a semblance of romantic disenchantment through two couples marked by distance. Influenced by the work of French director Robert Bresson, the film is configured under unnoticed temporary jumps that mark the tedium of its protagonists.

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Germany

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German | English | Greek

Release Date:

27 April 2017 (Germany) See more »

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El camino soñado See more »

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Greece See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Performed by Miriam Jakob and Thorbjörn Björnsson
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Complex, Resplendent and Moving
14 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

It is the conversations that we do not have that often haunt and perplex us the most about our relationships. A little girl does what she can to assist a wounded friend, a young couple sings and sleeps together in a foreign land, a lethal dose of drugs is administered to a parent and a marriage falls apart without accusation or reproach. Few words are exchanged in each situation, yet hearts are bound together, broken, strengthened or diminished. Conversation is futile or ineffectual. The moments pass mysteriously as in a dream. Words are replaced by music, the serenity of nature, impulsive and incomplete gestures and other indefinable things.

The Dreamed Path is a complex, resplendent and moving meditation on human nature, the limitations of words and the defining yet vague moments from the past that flit beyond our reach like uncatchable butterflies. Too often directors and actors attempt to control how we think and react, yet Schanelec deftly leaves such choices to audiences as well as her characters. "Do not think, just feel," she urged the audience before the film began at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It is good advice, for facts are artificial, malleable and truly stranger than fiction. We cannot hope to know what the characters do not even know for themselves. Wonderfully, the same logic pervades the film's cinematography. It seems like there are no cameras present as we float around the characters and become part of their decisions and lives.


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