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Girl and the Spider (The)

Country: Switzerland, Language: German, 99 mins

Original Title

Das Mädchen und die Spinne
  • Director: Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
  • Writer: Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
  • Producer: Adrian Blaser, Aline Schmid, Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher

CGiii Comment

There really is no story to speak of...it's all lingering looks with multiple threads of subtext that are subtle as mosquito bites accompanied by a mountain of apathetic dialogue that will make your hair fall out rather than curl it! These Millennials have neither personality, wit nor joie-de-vivre.

If you manage to sit through the tedium of the first 30 minutes...rest assured, things do not improve whatsoever. Different apartment, same vile people, spouting nonsense...but, alas, with the same noxious leitmotifs and mid-shots that the Zürcher brothers have claimed to be their cinematic trademarks. Yawn...speaking of the film...yawn.

On a brighter note, hearing Desireless' classic 1986 tune Voyage, Voyage was not just a pleasant surprise but a confounding one too...would these lacklustre Millennials have such good musical taste? What a conundrum! Speaking of conundrums, this yawn-fest has won quite a few prestigious awards. What do we know!?! What do they know...that we don't know!?! 


Trailer...

TRAILER The Girl and the Spider from Beauvoir Films on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

Lisa is moving out. Mara is left behind. As boxes are shifted, walls painted and cupboards built, abysses begin to open up, yearnings fill the room and an emotional rollercoaster is set in motion. A tragicomic catastrophe film. A poetic ballad about change and transience.

The Swiss twin brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher compose a poetic panopticon of forms of human relationships, that meanders between a study of everyday life, a fairy-tale and a psychological portrait of a brittle world. After their Berlinale-hit The Strange Little Cat (2013), The Girl and the Spider is the second instalment of a trilogy about human togetherness.

A ballad about the need for closeness and the pain of separation. Pamela embarks on a journey into the unknown, breaking away from the traditions that suffocate her. “Lapin, pizza, amour”. All she has are three words in French and the hope that marriage will change her and her daughter’s destiny.

Cast & Characters

Henriette Confurius (as Mara)
Liliane Amuat (as Lisa)
Ursina Lardi (as Astrid)
Flurin Giger (as Jan)
André Hennicke (as Jurek)
Ivan Georgiev (as Markus)
Dagna Litzenberger-Vinet (as Kerstin)
Lea Draeger (as Nora)
Sabine Timoteo (as Karen)
Birte Schnöink (as Zimmermädchen)
Yuna Andres (as Eleni)
Ella Gfeller (as Emma)
Dorian Heiniger (as Hamid)
Margherita Schoch (as Frau Arnold)
Philippe Schuler (as Remover)
Seraphina Schweiger (as Pharma-Asstistentin)