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2019 BFI London Film Festival Review – Lara

Lara, 2019. Directed by Jan Ole Gerster. Starring Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling, Volkmar Kleinert, Rainer Bock, Gudrun Ritter and André Jung. Synopsis: On her 60th birthday, a woman prepares to attend a piano concert being given by her virtuoso son. At the beginning of Jan Ole Gerster’s patient character study Lara, the title character stands […]

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Lara’

  • Variety
Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Lara’
Of all the ways to begin a movie, few are more cruel than presenting a character such as Lara Jenkins and, before the audience has even gotten the chance to know her, showing her wearily open the window to her depressing German flat, position a chair and prepare to jump. It is Lara’s 60th birthday and, judging from the way it starts, she does not see it as a special occasion. Director Jan-Ole Gerster makes quite the gamble opening “Lara” in such a way, but as the film unfolds, he demonstrates that his intention was never to shock, but to identify with this conflicted character, proceeding to create a portrait of remarkable depth over the span of the day that follows.

A filmmaker once told me that, in his opinion, all movies are mysteries. Audiences go in knowing little or nothing, and they participate as the storyteller slowly reveals
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