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LOVE LIFE (LIEBESLEBEN)

LOVE LIFE
photo © Christine Fenzl

Jara Korman’s life seems to be in perfect order: she’s pretty and healthy, has a nice husband, a beautiful home and the best prospects for a career at the university.

But when she meets Arie, an old, long-lost friend of her father’s, her ideal world starts to get out of control. From the moment she sees Arie, she is drawn to the erotic aura of this mysterious and egocentric man. She follows him, offers herself to him and waits for a sign of his affection. She allows herself to be humiliated and tyrannized by him. At times he is desirous of her, then he casts her aside, always testing the power of her love.

In the whirlwind of this ‘amour fou’, Jara tears down all the walls of her existence and begins a journey in search of herself and her own history, for she realizes that her former life has been a lie and that her parents are harboring a secret, to which Arie is the key.


Maria Schrader was born in 1965 in Hanover and studied Acting at the renowned Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna. One of Germany’s best-known actresses, she has worked with some of Germany’s most successful directors in such films as AIMÉE & JAGUAR (Max Färberböck), BIN ICH SCHOEN? (Doris Dörrie), EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE (Franziska Buch), MESCHUGGE, VÄTER and STILLE NACHT (Dani Levy), ROSENSTRASSE (Margarethe von Trotta), and SCHNEELAND (Hans W. Geissendörfer), as well as on stage in theaters in Germany and Switzerland. Most recently, she could be seen in the internationally-acclaimed DEUTSCHLAND 83. Together with director Dani Levy, she also co-directed MESCHUGGE and STILLE NACHT. LOVE LIFE (LIEBESLEBEN, 2007) marked her own directing debut, followed by STEFAN ZWEIG – FAREWELL TO EUROPE (VOR DER MORGENRÖTE, 2016).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Maria Schrader
Screenplay Laila Stieler, Maria Schrader
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Antje Zynga
Niki Reiser
Christian M. Goldbeck
Cast Assi Dayan, Ishai Golan, Arie Moskona, Caroline Silhol, Stephen Singer, Tovah Feldshuh, Rade Sherbedgia, Netta Garti, Clara Khoury
Producer Stefan Arndt
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with Transfax Film/Tel Aviv, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Rome 2007 Official Selection Cinema 2007: Out of Competition, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Goa 2008
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Best Cinematography, Best Score), German Film Award 2008 (Best Cinematography)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Israel Film Fund
German Distributor X Verleih

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