6.5/10
363
3 user 15 critic

The Heart Is a Dark Forest (2007)

Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald (original title)
A woman's life is destroyed when she discovers that her husband has another family.

Director:

Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wild I (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An anarchist young woman breaks the tacit contract with civilization and fearlessly decides on a life without hypocrisy or an obligatory safety net.

Director: Nicolette Krebitz
Stars: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Nelson
Yella (2007)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann
Halbschatten (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Merle follows the invitation of her lover to spend the summer in the South of France. She is surprised to find only his children in the summer house. Did she expect more than she should have? An ambiguous summer full of silent desire.

Director: Nicolas Wackerbarth
Stars: Anne Ratte-Polle, Leonard Proxauf, Emma Bading
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Juliane's happiness seems perfect. She is head over heals in love and has just begun a new life with August. One morning, however, she wakes up to find that she has been unexplainable ... See full summary »

Director: Henk Handloegten
Stars: Nina Hoss, Mark Waschke, Fritzi Haberlandt
Sehnsucht (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A metalworker and volunteer firefighter, who is content with his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, sees his life turn upside down when he falls in love with an attractive waitress from a nearby town.

Director: Valeska Grisebach
Stars: Andreas Müller, Ilka Welz, Anett Dornbusch
Jerichow (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer
Klassenfahrt (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The class of a normal German school travel to a small village in Poland near the sea where no action of any kind can take place. Due to this fact they focus on themselves. Especially one ... See full summary »

Director: Henner Winckler
Stars: Steven Sperling, Sophie Kempe, Maxi Warwel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Frieder and his wife Nina, a doctor, are fixing up their house, though their relationship is obviously strained. Instead of picking up their young daughter Charlotte, Nina drives off to ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Köhler
Stars: Isabelle Menke, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Amber Bongard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Stars: Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schily
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

"The Anarchist's Wife" is the story of Manuela who is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco's Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He is deported to ... See full summary »

Directors: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr
Stars: María Valverde, Juan Diego Botto, Ivana Baquero
Wolfsburg (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Philipp Gerber is a smart, but self-satisfied car salesman. In an inattentive moment at the wheel of his car, he runs over a young boy riding a bike and drives away. As he has feelings of ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Antje Westermann
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Marie
...
Thomas
Bella Brunnet ...
Leonie
Chloé Brunnet ...
Elliot
...
Anna
Justus Gröger ...
Paul
Andrej Böhm ...
Busfahrer
Max Herbrechter ...
Psychologe
Katrin Riedel-Kelly ...
Psychologin
Jasper Vogt ...
Taxifahrer
Angelika Taschen ...
Angelika
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Mietzi
...
Helmut
Ole Puppe ...
Alexander
...
Hanns
Edit

Storyline

This drama deals with a woman, whose life is destroyed when she discovers that her husband has another family. Marie and Thomas, both musicians before their marriage, are an apparently happy couple, living together with their two children. One day, Thomas forgets his violin at home, so Marie follows him to bring him the instrument, but learns that he lives in another house with another woman and their son. Thus, she wants to know more about her husband's second life, which marks the end of her old life... Written by fippi2000

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 December 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Heart Is a Dark Forest  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The woman's perspective
24 August 2008 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

The film is excellent, and reveals the world of relationship seen by a woman, just that, seen the world and relationship differently as seen by a man, owner of the universe, who treats women as inferior, not equals. I could identify myself very well with Marie and her feelings, and admire the director for giving expression to a real woman inner situation, very difficult for men to understand, if we don't get into the woman's shoes. I was remembered of the first feminists like Grete Meisel-Hess 1909, and her critics to the male dominance in society. Little has changed since then.This film is tough, still has women to accept, rebel or fight or resign to her position as objects of the men, not respected at all.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page