Sehnsucht (Longing) (2006)

A movie about longing and infidelity. The long slow quiet stretches of this film serve to heighten the brief clumsy moments of passion – to illustrate its central theme of longing. This tension is cleverly built up through the framing of the normal rhythms of life against the break that the affair becomes . However the long slow parts are too long and too slow. And while clearly the mundane nature of the affair is an important part of the movie it feels too mundane to be interesting – too mundane to be good cinema. In the end I felt left with a piece of German cinema that was moderately good but decidedly not enjoyable.

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~ by Doug Newdick on April 15, 2008.

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