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Melancholia

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1989
  • Andi Engel
  • 83 mins
  • 15

Summary

Art critic Keller was once part of a far-left radical group. They contact him again 10 years later and ask him to assassinate a Chilean doctor and war criminal, who's visiting London, but Keller has lost his ideals and feels conflicted.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

It may look distinctly unpromising - a British Film Institute/Channel 4 co-production with the most downbeat title since Despair - and yet this political thriller is extremely well made and becomes increasingly exciting. Jeroen Krabbé plays a German art critic whose old anarchist fervour is reignited by the opportunity to assassinate a member of the Chilean military, but with escalating consequences. Surprisingly, this is the only feature film directed by Andi Engel, a larger-than-life film distributor with a wealth of cinematic knowledge. Camera shots are full of sleek, clean lines, while well-chosen London locations make the city look great. And, whether intentionally or not, the suspense scenes bring to mind none other than the maestro himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

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Credits

Cast

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David KellerJeroen Krabbé
ManfredUlrich Wildgruber
CatherineSusannah York
RachelKate Hardie
Sarah YelinJane Gurnett
Dr VargasSaul Reichlin
Roger DereJohn Sparkes
Dr BergerDetlef Berthelsen

Crew

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DirectorAndi Engel

Details

Languages
English | German
Guidance
Contains sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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