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Sehnsucht (Longing)
Germany 2006

Opening 7 Sep 2006

Directed by: Valeska Grisebach
Writing credits: Valeska Grisebach
Principal actors: Andreas Müller, Ilka Welz, Anett Dornbusch

In a very small town, an ordinary, boring guy falls prey to adulterous passions in this plodding film by German director Valeska Grisebach. Markus (Andreas Müller) and Ella (Ilka Welz) were childhood sweethearts who married and, now in their thirties, live a happy but rather dull and innocent life together. That is until Markus visits a nearby town for an overnight fire brigade training course. After dinner Markus does some heavy drinking and very slow dancing. The next morning Markus wakes up with the waitress Rose (Anett Dornbush). Although Markus believes he still loves Ella, he is constantly drawn back into the arms of one-dimensional Rose with a passion that finds him accidentally pushing Rose off the hotel room balcony in an embrace gone wrong. He decides to shoot himself and not soon enough for most of the audience, at least those few left who awoke at the end of the press screening. The star is for the kids featured at the end of the film who are discussing the love triangle and actually make it sound interesting. (Mary Nyiri)

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