Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück)

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Helene Brindel's childless marriage shows no signs of harmony, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. "Where are You?" she asks from behind a veil of melancholy that separates her from the real world of relative luxury in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia appears one day in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck, a self-assured and charming speaker for "new cybernetics," which claims the ability to control reality with the mind and the possibility of "reprogramming oneself." But a surprising secret hides behind his elegantly formulated guidelines for a lifestyle, whose self-centeredness Gluck tries to conceal with mild irony. Even viewers who know their filmographies well will be surprised by Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), and Johannes Krisch (Revanche) as the stars of this uncommon psychological romance, a highly original adaptation of the novel of the same name by renowned Scottish writer A. L. Kennedy.


Martina Gedeck
as Helene Brindel
Ulrich Tukur
as Eduard E. Gluck
Johannes Krisch
as Christoph Brindel
Imke Büchel
as Polizistin
Romina Küper
as Fernsehmoderatorin

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  • Complex, sometimes conflicting emotions are beautifully played by Gedeck, who lets us see just enough of the turbulence beneath the surface to keep Helene compelling even when she's going about her day to day activities in a very ordinary way.

    Feb 28, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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