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Ecstasy (2017)

A Thought of Ecstasy (original title)
Not Rated | | Romance, Thriller | 25 January 2018 (Germany)
A journey in a heated and paranoid America with a man in search of a lost love, a woman lost in desire for revenge and a twenty-year-old diary about the yearning to waste oneself in destruction.


Rolf Peter Kahl (as RP Kahl)


Rolf Peter Kahl (as RP Kahl), Torsten Neumann
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Cast overview:
Rolf Peter Kahl ... Frank Patrick (as RP Kahl)
Deborah Kara Unger ... Liz Archer
Ava Verne Ava Verne ... Nina
Lena Morris Lena Morris ... Marie / Marie's Double
Buddy Giovinazzo ... Radio presenter (voice)
Joel Cairo Joel Cairo ... Richard Neiner
Karim Cherif ... Skid (voice)


August 2019. Frank recognizes his own story of twenty years ago in a recently published book. He remembers Marie, with whom he had a relationship before she moved to the United States and disappeared from his life. He sets out in search of her and finds himself in a USA petrified by a heat wave and lost in suspicion and political paranoia. He heads into the desert in pursuit of Marie. On his way he meets Liz, the literary agent and Nina, a sex worker who services her clients in elaborate scenarios and films the encounters. Nina feels attracted to Frank in a strange way. He starts to work for her as a cameraman. She sometimes performs with another young woman who very much resembles Marie, prompting even more tedious fugue-state philosophizing.

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Love is immortal. Seduction is inevitable. Revenge is irresistible.


Romance | Thriller


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A Thought of Ecstasy was part of a theatre performance at Berlin based art space Ballhaus Berlin. See more »


When Frank reads Ross Sinclair's book in the car you can recognize the text inside as "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. See more »


Liz Archer: I strolled through the graves, touched by the variety of memories. One was dark black marble, the other one nothing but a small metal plate on a post. And one was the memory of a Frank. I imagined it was him.
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Written by Alex Stolze
Performed by Alex Stolze
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A movie desperately in need of a plot
28 July 2019 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Usually I start my reviews with a brief summary of the plot. In this case that's not possible, as the movie has no plot. As near as I can discern it's about a German man who is travelling across the US. The remainder seems to consist of random interludes.

Lacking a plot is a distinct drawback in terms of viewer engagement, and you can count me as one of the unengaged.

This movie is random, pointless, pretentious nonsense, basically.

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