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ACFNY RECOMMENDS | FILM SCREENING
WEDNESDAY, MAR 18 2015 - TUESDAY, MAR 24 2015
Berlin, 1810: a despondent young Romantic poet pines for a woman to join him in a pact to end his despair -- and which will be the ultimate expression of their love. He meets the terminally ill Henrietta, who is fascinated by his controversial novella, The Marquise of O. Inspired by the historical events leading to the double suicide of poet/dramatist Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) and Henrietta Vogel, Austrian director Jessica Hausner (LOURDES) recreates early 19th century haute bourgeois Berlin: the hushed drawing rooms, deliberate rhythms of family life, the period decor and clothing – all suffused with a color scheme worthy of Vermeer.
"An event that could hardly be described as a laughing matter somehow yields a dryly amusing and characteristically layered reflection on the absurdity of what humans call love in AMOUR FOU" – Justin Chang, Variety.
"A satirical yet sensitive study of the 1811 death pact between poet Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel. Hausner expertly conveys the claustrophobia and inflexibility of this environment by tightly choreographing her characters through carefully composed, sparsely decorated spaces." – Nicole Armour, Film Comment
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