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Roula

Roula
Scene from "Roula"

A successful author of children's books falls in love with a woman whose very special relationship to her father ends in a horrible nightmare dramatically changing the lives of all persons involved. Leon, an author of children's books, and his eleven-year old daughter Tanja come to Denmark for their holidays. Here, Leon hopes to forget the trauma haunting him since his wife died in a car accident two years ago and keeping him from writing. But the new surrounding does not free him from his burden - until he makes the acquaintance of Roula, a young woman who runs the vacation house rental agency. Leon is captured not so much by her physical attraction, but by the secret that seems to cast a shadow over her life - and by the scars that they share. Roula lives alone with her father in an isolated house. When Leon understands the true character of their relationship, it is already too late - he can no longer stop the avalanche of events triggered off by him. The seemingly intact and harmonious world breaks apart in as much a consistent as cruel manner, leaving the protagonists to pay a high price for their newly achieved freedom.


Martin Enlen was born in Frankfurt in 1960 and worked on independent film productions until 1986. He studied in the film and TV drama department of Munich's Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) from 1986-1992 and made six shorts during this time: Fruehjahrsputz (1987), Der letzte Tanz (1989), Fuer immer (1990), A Little Place in Heaven (1990), Pinwand (1990), and the Academy Award-nominated Aus gutem Grund (1991). He has lectured in Directing at the HFF/M and made the miniseries Schicksal der Woche (1993), Toedliche Hochzeit (TV, 1994) , Roula (1995), Blindes Vertrauen (TV, 1996), and Platinum (TV, 2004), among others.
Category Feature
Director Martin Enlen
Screenplay Bernd Mollenhauer, Martin Enlen
Cinematography Martin Peglau
Mona Bräuer
Dieter Schleip
Cast Martin Umbach, Ernst Jacobi, Anica Dobra, Tina Hamperl
Producer Mark von Seydlitz
Production Companies Roxy Film/Munich, M.I.M. Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from Bayerische Film- und Fernsehfoerderung
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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