1986. Austria. Michael Haneke. 108 min.
North American premiere
Friday, October 12, 2007, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1986. Austria. Directed by Michael Haneke. Screenplay by Haneke, Bernd Schröder. With Angelica Domröse, Péter Franke. After ten years in a Russian prisoner-of-war camp, a German soldier returns home to find his desperately lonely wife in an affair with a former French POW, his daughter pregnant by an American soldier, his rebellious son obsessed with rock and roll and James Dean, and his brother a shallow materialist who has sold out the legacy of their father's reputable construction business. In this melodrama stripped of sentiment, Haneke creates a bitter but riveting portrait of postwar Germany, with its eerily repressed normalcy and its gleaming, amnesiac future of consumer goods proffered by its former enemy. In German; English subtitles. 108 min.