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Love and Rage (Liebe und Leidenschaft)

Love and Rage

Ireland at the end of the 19th century - a time of political unrest. Agnes MacDonnell is the owner of a large estate on an island off the coast of North West Ireland. She is a strong and self-confident Englishwoman and finds her male counterpart in the strong-willed James Lynchehaun who persuades her against her intuition to employ him as her estate manager. In spite of the great differences in class and age - she is in her early forties, he is in his twenties - Agnes feels herself magically attracted to Lynchehaun. This is the beginning of a passionate, but dangerous affair. For, gradually, Lynchehaun's fiendish character comes to the surface. Love & Rage depicts a world of Victorian melodrama where an emancipated woman wages a desperate and, at times, comical struggle for power and dominance with a charismatic, but destructive man.


Cathal Black started as a studio cameraman for Irish Television RTE and then left and worked in various capacities as camera assistant, editor, co-producer and script consultant. His 1995 film Korea won the Jury Prize at the Amiens Film Festival and Asta Nielsen Award at the Copenhagen Film Festival as well as coming runner-up for "Best Film" at the Seattle Film Festival. His other films include: Wheels, Our Boys, Pigs, Korea (1995), The Invisible World (documentary, 1997) and Love & Rage (1998).
Genre Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Cathal Black
Screenplay Brian Lynch
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Ulrike Leipold
Ralf Wienrich
Cast Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane
Producers Christoph Meyer-Wiel, Rudolf Wichmann
Production Company Schlemmer Film/CMW Film, Berlin, in co-production with Nova Films Ltd, London, Cathal Black Films Ltd., Dublin
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
With backing from Isle of Man Film Commission, The Irish Film Board, Eurimages