Synopsis: John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Vicente Amorim
Production: ThinkFilm
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Of course people will want to read it,

it sounds so romantic. To kill for love...

# I crop by the

Neckar I crop by the Rhine

# Now I have a sweetheart

# And now I have none

- # What use is cropping if none is mine

- I love this song.

The problem is I'm imagining it.


It's not funny, Maurice.

How long has this been going on?

Don't know.

- A few months.

- Three months, six months?

I don't know.

Could it be the end of January, say?

Thereabouts, I suppose.

Why? Do you think there

is some connection to...

Well, we put the country

in the hands of a lunatic...

Taking refuge in fantasy might be a

rational response to an irrational world.

- Why singing?

- I don't know.

No idea?

Why not?

To be honest, John,

I'm all out of ideas.

I've been cooped up in this little room all

day listening to the twisted sexual fantasies

of a bunch of the most unattractive

housefraus you could ever wish to meet.

Desperate for a cold beer and a nice shallow

conversation I don't have to read anything into.

The point is, Maurice, I'm her

teacher. It's a position of trust,

- like yours with your patients.

- Ah.

Or should I say, most

doctors with their patients.

That's not the point. The

point is, have you fucked her?

The question isn't whether or not I've slept

with Anne... which, for the record, I haven't.

- For Christ's sake.

- The question is why,

when the idea even crossed my mind,

Istarted hearing bloody Mahler.

- That's interesting you should choose

a Jew. - What gave you that idea?

She's as Aryan as they come. Not that

I don't find Jewish women attractive...

Mahler was Jewish.

- He converted.

- Still makes him Jewish.

- The thing is... - Please, do me

a favour, change the subject.

Don't drag me into your neurosis.

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