Switzerland

Valérien Schmidely & Hans Trommer – Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe (1941)

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While there is now at least a little bit of recognition for the early German and Austrian sound film, the same cannot be said for films from Switzerland. Although Switzerland never had a big film industry, especially not at that time, I assume there might be some real gems to discover, if this film here is any indication. Read More »

Maximilian Schell – Erste Liebe (1970)

Based on Ivan Turgeyev’s novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy’s father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970’s Academy Awards. Written
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Frédéric Mermoud – Moka (2016)

A grieving woman pursues a couple whom she suspects of killing her son in a hit-and-run.
Equipped with a few items of clothing, a little bit of money, and a weapon, Diane Kramer leaves for Evian. She has a sole obsession: to find the driver of the moka-colored Mercedes who ran over her son and turned her life upside down. But the path of truth has more bends than it appears. Diane discovers that she must confront another woman, both endearing and mysterious.

A lightly Hitchcock-like atmosphere, where fear and guilt take new forms. Read More »

Alain Tanner – La Salamandre (1971)

Synopsis:
‘Two men, arty though somewhat staid, are drawn to the spirited and quixotic Rosemonde, a young working-class woman whom they meet because they’re writing a teleplay about a minor but curious event in which either her uncle was wounded while cleaning his rifle or she shot him. Pierre is a free-lance journalist hired to write the script; he’s short of time so he asks a Bohemian novelist friend, Paul, to help. Pierre wants facts and tracks down Rosemonde for interviews that lead to other explorations; Paul only wants to imagine her and needs little more than her name to do so. But he does meet her, and she entangles him, too. Did she cause the shooting? Is she venomous or innocent?’ Read More »

Katalin Gödrös – Songs of Love and Hate (2010)

Songs of Love and Hate is a sinister drama about the power that children have over their parents – and the power of parents over their children. A universal story about temptation, lying, persuasion and truth. Read More »

Cyril Schäublin – Dene wos guet geit AKA Those Who Are Fine (2017)

In a suburb of Zurich, Alice is working at a call centre and very successful at selling internet subscriptions and insurance. She also uses her powers of persuasion to criminal ends: she cajoles and robs solitary grandmothers by telling them she is their granddaughter and urgently needs money. In no time she makes herself a small fortune but, without knowing it, her actions influence the lives of countless local people, from bank staff and police officers to unsuspecting passers-by. Read More »

Patricia Moraz – Les indiens sont encore loin (1977)

“Jenny (Isabelle Huppert) is a disconnected 16-year old schoolgirl who is so taken with a story of Native Americans coming to take someone into their tribe that she wanders out into the snow in search of them and dies. Was it an accident, or suicide? This drama explores the last week of Jenny’s life in order to find out the answer.” Read More »