Tag Archives: Germany

Le souffle au coeur / Murmur of the Heart (1971) Louis Malle, Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Drama, Comedy

Le souffle au coeur AKA Murmur of the Heart (1971)
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There’s enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.

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Rheingold / Rhinegold (1978) Niklaus Schilling, Elke Haltaufderheide, Rüdiger Kirschstein, Gunther Malzacher, Alice Treff, Drama

Rhinegold (1978)
Germany, 1977. A mature, rich and bored woman called Elisabeth (Elke Aufderheide) is taking a ride with the “Rheingold”, a first-class high-speed train of the seventies along the river Rhine. In the train she is meeting her old school mate and lover who is working as a waiter and falls in love with him again. Her husband, a busy politician, realizes what’s going on and tries to catch the train to face his wife and her lover in a fatal showdown.

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