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In a Year with 13 Moons

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

West Germany, 1978
Drama, LGBT+


Frankfurt 1978. In an attempt to escape from her own past, Elvira Weishaupt (Volker Spengler) looks for refuge within a circle of people familiar to her. When she only encounters derision and rejection she is left with only one option…

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In a Year with 13 Moons Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The overwhelming sadness of Elvira’s journey might be among the most tragic in Fassbinder’s work because she means no one any harm. While many of the director’s protagonists are brutal and callous and yearn for power and control, Elvira wants kindness and love. The world, however, leads the gentle to the slaughterhouse, and as Elvira sees it, that might be an act of mercy.
April 21, 2016
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Fassbinder’s customarily direct, profound filmmaking—which extends from the dialogue to the set design—provides a way in. It’s difficult to make generalizations about that directness beyond saying it’s earnest. Here, the narrative feels like a transposed torch song, something along the lines of Roy Orbison’s "Crying.
November 26, 2014
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Playing one of cinema’s first transgender leading ladies, Volker Spengler gives a performance for the ages. In a Year with 13 Moons is a movie that screams, cries, bleeds, and rages against the cruelty of life and the failures of love.
November 07, 2014
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