Movie Diary 4/20/2015

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner, 2014). A take on the Romantic (note capital R) end of Heinrich von Kleist’s life, in which the great German author executed a suicide pact with Henriette Vogel. The movie takes Vogel’s perspective, seeing her in a domestic trap along the lines of a Douglas Sirk melodrama, except set in 1811 Germany. It’s kind of a comedy, though, and a demolition of the straight-faced artist biopic (and of most Romantic notions). The actors are uncannily well-cast – see their faces, and you understand everything. Hausner also did Lourdes, a very original oddball thing from 2009. (full review 4/24)

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