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Sven Taddicken

Original Bliss
(Gleißendes Glück)

Germany 2016

In German with English subtitles

102 min

For audiences aged 12 and above


An elegantly disquieting investigation into the interrelation of faith, violence and sexual degradation, held together by a rivetingly sure-footed performance by German star Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others"), recent Munich Film Festival premiere "Original Bliss" might be most impressive for how much it resembles its lead character: calm and orderly on the surface, but roiling with inchoate perversities underneath. There are times in director Sven Taddicken's film when, were it not for the fixity of Gedeck's stare, her absolute intensity of purpose, we might mistake the drama for a straightforward tale of a beaten wife's escape from her abusive partner, and her reclamation of her sense of worth in the arms of another man. But "Original Bliss," adapted from Scottish author A.L. Kennedy's 1997 short story collection of the same title, is much more unsettling, and much more original, than that.
Jessica Kiang / Variety
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Director: Sven Taddicken

Sven Taddicken (born in 1974) is a German director and graduate of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. He has directed several award-winning short films and his debut feature film Getting My Brother Laid (2001) won the FIPRESCI prize at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Screenplay: Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith & Hendrik Hölzemann based on a short stories by A.L. Kennedy
Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Dietrich Brüggemann, Imke Büchel
Production: Alexander Bickenbach & Manuel Bickenbach / Frisbeefilms
Sales: The Picture Tree

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