Set in Vienna, film charts a female writer’s passage to self-destruction as she is torn between two lovers, one of whom is her husband. Isabelle Huppert stars in Werner Schroeter’s adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel, co-written by Elfriede Jelinek (The Piano Teacher).
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Absolutely required viewing for serious fans of Isabelle Huppert! Here, she doesn't just set the screen on fire, she sets the set on fire, and herself, too. The incomparable Huppert is the only actor alive who could have performed this role, her most schizophrenic, over-the-top performance ever. A script so schizo, I can't imagine trying to comprehend it in only one viewing, so schizophrenic that the scriptwriter,
Watched due to a Huppert obsession and left with an equally strong infatuation with Schroeter. A film that can be compared to no other. Hypnotic, powerfully seductive, crazy, highly emotional and totally mesmirising. Huppert, of course, is impossible to look away from as she obsessively tears up letters, chainsmokes and sets fire to everything around her (literally and metaphorically). Plus her wardrobe is great.