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112 Ratings



Directed by Valeska Grisebach
Germany, 2006


An average, everyday metalworker and volunteer firefighter content in his marriage to his childhood sweetheart finds his emotions unexpectedly stirred when he falls for a pretty waitress from a nearby town.

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Longing Directed by Valeska Grisebach

Critics reviews

An early conversation between the husband and wife, in which a pair of failed double-suicide attempts are compared to Romeo and Juliet, suggests that Grisebach’s provocative layering of naturalist drama and fatalist romance is making a further point about cinematic narrative as a mode of popular storytelling: in these screen stories are inscribed the desires—the longing, if you will—for cinema as the portal to a magical world where intractable conflict and indecision can be neatly resolved.
January 03, 2018

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