Der traumhafte Weg
Spanning over thirty years, the film tells the story of two couples who go through an existential crisis while facing the larger crisis of Europe. In a minimalist style, Angela Schanelec delivers a deep insight into the state of contemporary man and society. A quiet, rigorous masterpiece.
In her latest film, Berliner Schule filmmaker Angela Schanelec remains faithful to her minimalist style; a couple of glances, gestures and words are enough to express a whole love affair, crisis or phase of life.
The meticulously composed, elliptical images, filmed with natural light, tell more than the narrative line. The plot largely consists of suggestive details and snapshots of an amorous couple who meet in 1980s Greece. Together they play guitar in the streets until the boy suddenly has to leave. Thirty years later, they meet again in Berlin. In parallel, perhaps the path the couple could have dreamt of taking, a Berlin TV actress faces a crisis in her relationship with her husband, an anthropologist. The crisis is only expressed in subtle references. The actress always wanted to be someone else, she tells a journalist in the film, but she has to make do with herself. The smallest and most tranquil moments turn out to be the most romantic.