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FRG, 1971, directed by George Moorse, 133 min, with English subtitles, rated: 12

The young poet Lenz takes a trip to the mountains in the winter of 1778. He hopes that staying with the country priest Oberlin and his family will help him recover from anxiety and depression. The cold, inhospitable landscapes in the snow and desolate rural life conflict with the young man’s intellectual, sensitive perceptions. His seizures increase and neither Oberlin’s care nor religion can help him. Director George Moorse adapts Georg Büchner’s story, and Lenz’s increasing isolation through his mental illness is portrayed primarily through the film’s atmosphere and fast-changing imagery.

Featuring: Michael König, Louis Waldon, Grischa Huber, Rolf Zacher

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