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Fatal Affair, A (Ein Toedliches Verhaeltnis)

Fatal Affair, A

Ben and Jenny, a young couple, could be perfectly happy. But the facade of feigned friendliness conceals an unhappy relationship which is not only the result of an unintentional childlessness. When the attractive Lisa moves into the flat next door, Jenny hopes for a change to her sad routine and practically imposes herself on the new woman. A friendship between the two women soon develops. Brief flashbacks reveal the nightmarish past of a little girl: a magnificent tree in whose branches the girl seeks shelter from her violent father. Which of the two women is being tormented by these memories from the past? Jenny, trusting and naive, en-courages Ben to open up to Lisa. Lisa, who recognises the couple's unfulfilled longings, tries to snatch Jenny's husband away. With success. However, Ben really only loves his wife. In order to save his marriage he escapes away with Jenny who doesn't know anything about the affair. Lisa is already waiting for them to return. And the disaster takes its course...


Michael Bartlett was born in Salinas, California, and studied Music at the California Institute of the Arts, Juillard School of Music in New York, and the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold. He was a member of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin for many years and made his directorial debut in 1986 with the feature Konzert fuer die rechte´Hand. He studied at the American Film Institute from 1988-1989 and made several shorts there including Apartment Under The Influence. He has since made Engel wider Willen - die Welt der Kastraten (1992), Wie es ihr gefaellt: Cheryl Studer - eine amerikanische Sopranistin (1996) and Ein toedliches Verhaeltnis (1997).
Category Feature
Director Michael Bartlett
Screenplay Michael Bartlett
Cinematography Ekkehart Pollack
Sabine Brose
Jens Holzkamp
Cast Julia Jaeger, Floriane Daniel, Dominique Horwitz
Producer Susan Nielebock
Production Company Rialto Film/Berlin
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Los Angeles 98: AFI
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor TOBIS Film

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