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After witnessing her father murder her mother, a young Slovak girl named Lea (Lenka Vlasakova) is stricken mute, communicating only through writing and poetry. She is again thrust into a strange world when her foster parents arrange her marriage to a much older gentleman (Christian Redl) who also suffers a traumatic past. Their relationship seems doomed, but a bond soon grows as they learn more about each other. Also stars Hanna Schygulla, Udo Kier and Miroslav Donutil. "...the film has the awful radiance of a bittersweet fable, the timeless kind that rings psychologically true and feels emotionally uplifting without once striking a false or sentimental note" (Rick Groen, Globe and Mail). In German and Slovak with English subtitles.

Ivan Fila---Germany---1996---96 mins.