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Competing at Oberhausen
2.7
228 Ratings

Stabat Mater

Directed by Josef Dabernig
Austria, 2016
Short, Comedy, Drama
  • German
  • English
Competing at Oberhausen

Synopsis

Hotel guests look restrained, sedated in the diffuse light of the service provider’s shimmering cage. A network of joists, pilasters and fluting exposes the proverbial off-season chill in the seating arrangements. Smart-phones and tablets mask a total lack of communication.

Our take

Austrian visual artist Josef Dabernig always brings a delightfully fresh, odd-angled approach to cinema, and this competitor at Oberhausen is no different. A clever, droll opposition of haunted architecture à la Last Year at Marienbad, lingering guests played by family & friends, and a fatal story.

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