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Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes.
- Encoding: Region 1 - NTSC
- Format: Color
- Rated: NR
(Not for children)
- Release Date:
May 25, 2004
- Run Time:
1985 - Spain - 110 min. - Feature, Color.
Thriller, Psychological Thriller.
Haunted By the Past, Out For Revenge, Obsessive Quests.
Un accidente le
deja paralítico y su vida queda pendiente de un pulmón de acero. Un joven,
Angelo (David Sust), entrará en la casa para cuidar de él y, poco a poco,
tomará la personalidad de Klaus, mientras mantiene una fuerte relación con su
hija (Gisele Echevarría).
situación enfrentará a estos personajes en una lucha por la supervivencia, no
sólo física sino mental.
Stylistically compelling, morally
ambiguous, and profoundly unsettling, this Spanish psychodrama from
writer-director Agustin Villaronga stands beside Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo
as one of cinema's most unflinching depictions of human depravity. The story
opens in post-WWII Catalonia as former Nazi death camp "doctor" Klaus (Gunter
Meisner) consummates his torture-murder of a young man by hurling himself
from the roof of his house; this act, motivated either by a sudden attack of
conscience or by some form of sexual mania, leaves him paralyzed from the
neck down and unable to breathe on his own.
We soon find Klaus lying prone in
an archaic iron lung, attended by his stern wife Griselda (Marisa Paredes)
and young daughter Rena (Gisela Echevarria). When they become unable (or, in
his wife's case, unwilling) to look after him, Griselda hires handsome young
nurse Angelo (David Sust), unaware that the young man is one of Klaus' former
victims, who has maintained a detailed dossier on the "doctor" and his
countless unspeakable atrocities.
Thus begins a perverse and surreal
manipulation of master/servant roles between the immobile Klaus and his
equally demented attendant, as the young man attempts to recreate the
nightmare world of the camps, even procuring more young victims for his
former tormentor's amusement. Though it could be asserted that the
stylistically accomplished Villaronga has made a passionate artistic
statement about mankind's capacity for unspeakable atrocities, his film may
be construed as being one of those horrors in itself. At any rate, Tras el
Cristal is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Source: All Movie Guide