Longing Reviews

  • May 12, 2008

    A fence builder sits on the fence. Which way to go? To stay with his wife or go to his lover. Most of the film is in your face; much too close up with no action; I counted one shot of 30 seconds of a door. Then just as quickly as that Berlin Wall fell and all changed; so this East german pic had a quirky end with the whole film summarised by a girl in a playframe with a natty unanswered question...

    A fence builder sits on the fence. Which way to go? To stay with his wife or go to his lover. Most of the film is in your face; much too close up with no action; I counted one shot of 30 seconds of a door. Then just as quickly as that Berlin Wall fell and all changed; so this East german pic had a quirky end with the whole film summarised by a girl in a playframe with a natty unanswered question...

  • Apr 15, 2008

    A movie about longing and infidelity. The long slow quiet stretches of this film serve to heighten the brief clumsy moments of passion - to illustrate its central theme of longing. This tension is cleverly built up through the framing of the normal rhythms of life against the break that the affair becomes . However the long slow parts are too long and too slow. And while clearly the mundane nature of the affair is an important part of the movie it feels too mundane to be interesting - too mundane to be good cinema. In the end I felt left with a piece of German cinema that was moderately good but decidedly not enjoyable.

    A movie about longing and infidelity. The long slow quiet stretches of this film serve to heighten the brief clumsy moments of passion - to illustrate its central theme of longing. This tension is cleverly built up through the framing of the normal rhythms of life against the break that the affair becomes . However the long slow parts are too long and too slow. And while clearly the mundane nature of the affair is an important part of the movie it feels too mundane to be interesting - too mundane to be good cinema. In the end I felt left with a piece of German cinema that was moderately good but decidedly not enjoyable.

  • Feb 22, 2008

    A bit too slow but otherways a really good movie. I recommend!!

    A bit too slow but otherways a really good movie. I recommend!!

  • Jan 30, 2008

    Fascinating study on loneliness, cynicism, love, passion, betrayal and indifference. On the background there's a desperate knowledge that everything has already been said, told, experienced: "been there, done that..." and the superbly romantic love story of Romeo and Juliet - how can you ever overcome a love like that?? or a story for that matter? a film of great actors, great script and a superb director. Sehnsuht is a masterpiece, where the desperation of the main character is acted out on a simultaniously funny and sad dance scene accompanied by Robbie Williams' "Feel"...

    Fascinating study on loneliness, cynicism, love, passion, betrayal and indifference. On the background there's a desperate knowledge that everything has already been said, told, experienced: "been there, done that..." and the superbly romantic love story of Romeo and Juliet - how can you ever overcome a love like that?? or a story for that matter? a film of great actors, great script and a superb director. Sehnsuht is a masterpiece, where the desperation of the main character is acted out on a simultaniously funny and sad dance scene accompanied by Robbie Williams' "Feel"...

  • Jan 17, 2008

    Cambridge Film Festival 2007

    Cambridge Film Festival 2007

  • Dec 14, 2007

    2007-12 Very German, Very slow, open ending

    2007-12 Very German, Very slow, open ending

  • Dec 02, 2007

    A great love story capturing the essence of love and betrayal with extreme sensitivity

    A great love story capturing the essence of love and betrayal with extreme sensitivity

  • Nov 17, 2007

    A superior film. Manages actually to render cinematically sensible the afective force of longing, instead of reducing it to a sentimental narrative that prostitutes itself to identificatory desires of audiences. One of the great endings to a movie in recent memory.

    A superior film. Manages actually to render cinematically sensible the afective force of longing, instead of reducing it to a sentimental narrative that prostitutes itself to identificatory desires of audiences. One of the great endings to a movie in recent memory.

  • Nov 11, 2007

    A rather too slow story about how difficult love can be. When I say slow, I mean slow. And the actual plot is not that interesting either.

    A rather too slow story about how difficult love can be. When I say slow, I mean slow. And the actual plot is not that interesting either.

  • Oct 08, 2007

    What does a happily married man who loves his wife dearly do when he genuinely falls in love with another woman? Superbly done.

    What does a happily married man who loves his wife dearly do when he genuinely falls in love with another woman? Superbly done.