Tribute Jane Birkin


Marion Hänsel
B, FRA 1985
86 min

Cape Province, South Africa. In a remote farmhouse, spinsterly Magda tends to her stern, imperious father. Life might continue this way forever, were it not for an intrusion into the household by a new maid that arouses a maelstrom (or Magdas dreams) of seduction, jealousy, murder and rape. Hänsels stark adaptation of J.M. Coetzees «In the Heart of the Country» is a strangely interior film, viewed through the lonely eyes of the repressed Magda. As the film somewhat uneasily blends reality and fantasy, family bonds are twisted, master-servant roles are reversed, and «the work of generations falls to ruins». But for all its admirable evocation of Magdas mounting hatred and hysteria, Hänsels approach is finally flawed by its careful adherence to introspective, literary qualities. (Geoff Andrew)

  • Jane Birkin - Magda
  • René Díaz - Jacob
  • Trevor Howard - Vater
  • John Matshikiza - Hendrick
  • Nadine Uwampa - Klein Anna
  • Tom Vrebus - Piet
  • Lourdes Christina Sayo Momoboko - Anna
  • Marion Hänsel nach einem Roman von J.M. Coetzee
  • Walther van den Ende
  • Henri Morelle
  • Susana Rossberg
  • Martin St. Pierre
  • Pierre-Louis Thévenet
  • Yan Tax
Mans Film Productions

Flach Pyramide 5 rue du Chevalier de Saint-George 75008 Paris, Frankreich T 1 42 96 02 20,

35 mm
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