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Melancholia (1989)

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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Andi Engel
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeroen Krabbé ... David Keller
Susannah York ... Catherine Lanham Franck
Ulrich Wildgruber Ulrich Wildgruber ... Manfred
Jane Gurnett Jane Gurnett ... Sarah Yelin
Kate Hardie ... Rachel Lanham Franck
Saul Reichlin ... Dr. Adolfo Vargas
John Sparkes John Sparkes ... Roger Dere
Detlef Berthelsen Detlef Berthelsen ... Dr. Berger
Mouchette van Helsdingen ... Receptionist (as Mouchette Van Helsdingen)
John Joyce John Joyce ... Butcher
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | West Germany

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English | German

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (Finland) See more »

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Melancolia See more »

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Germany See more »

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Dolby Stereo

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Color
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One Hit Wonder
6 April 2004 | by KrustallosSee all my reviews

The only film directed by art cinema owner Andi Engel this deals with the disillusionment of the 1968-1973 generation 20 years on, through the medium of a thriller. Keller, an already somewhat embittered and withdrawn former '70's radical, is called upon by his old comrades in a Baader-Meinhof-type organisation to assassinate a South American torturer who is on a visit to London. The film debates the use of violence as a means to an end, from the perspective of different individuals and generations. Largely shot on location in London, this allows Krabbe centre stage and he gives the best performance I have seen from him, as a man struggling with depression, disorientation and the loss of ideals.

Engel also co-wrote the film, a very promising debut which for whatever reason he never followed up. Perhaps it's the only movie he had in him, if so he did well to quit while he was ahead with this excellent piece of work.


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