, 88min, OmeU
At the heart of this slender, yet meticulously observed slice of life portrait, is the seemingly ideal marriage of metalworker and volunteer firefighter, Markus and his wife, Ella, a chorus singer. When Markus travels with his colleagues, he succumbs, in the haze of intoxication and youthful nostalgia, to the shy attention of a waitress named Rose. As he returns home to Ella and to the familiar routine of his bucolic and uneventful life, the emotional repercussions of his brief affair prove to be an inescapable reality that he must confront to preserve the integrity of their mutual intimacy.
Recalling Barbara Albert’s cinema in its episodic, extrapolative, organic narrative and the integral incorporation of zeitgeist pop songs as a generational soundtrack and tongue in cheek, short hand mode of contemporary expression that articulate the contours of interior, emotional landscapes, and infused with Michael Haneke’s familiar penchant for illustrating subtle perturbations within quotidian ritual that lead to unforeseen and irreparably transformative consequences, SEHNSUCHT is a distilled, yet thoughtful and sensitively rendered tale of intimacy, betrayal, and elusive nature of desire. (Acquarello)
In the presence of Valeska Grisebach.