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Sisi & Ich

Country: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Language: German, 110 mins

  • Director: Frauke Finsterwalder
  • Writer: Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht
  • Producer: Wiebke Andresen, Florian Krügel, Ole Nicolaisen, Roland Stebler, Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm

CGiii Comment

Irma Countess von Sztáray does not have it easy. Shortly before her application to become lady-in-waiting to Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary known as “Sisi”, Irma gets a bloody nose from her strict mother in all the excitement. Then, at court, she is put on display like a prize cow and interrogated. At Sisi’s summer residence on Corfu, Irma first has to prove her athleticism in sadistic exercises and is then put on a diet of cocaine extracts before she finally meets the moody and erratic empress in person.

In between laxative teas and watery soups, hikes and beauty treatments, the two very different women quickly become close – though only as close as Sisi will allow, naturally. But every summer has an end, and when they return to Vienna, the lives of Sisi and Irma change drastically. In her wild reinterpretation of the oft-told “Sisi” myth, Frauke Finsterwalder unleashes two acting forces of nature – Susanne Wolff and Sandra Hüller – on each other and allows them to upstage each other. With stunning costumes by Tanja Hausner and set to a soundtrack by Nico, Portishead and Le Tigre, the film transports us to a world dominated by women to which, apart from the queer maids, only the gay Archduke Viktor has access.


Cast & Characters

Anthony Calf (as Earl Spencer)
Sandra Hüller (as Irma)
Tom Rhys Harries (as Smythe)
Angela Winkler (as Ludovica von Bayern)
Georg Friedrich
Johanna Wokalek
Susanne Wolff (as Sisi)
Sibylle Canonica (as Maria Countess of Sztáray)
Markus Schleinzer
Stefan Kurt
Ravi Aujla (as Doctor Bose)
Sophie Hutter (as Fritzi)
Maresi Riegner
Audrey Marie Bartolo (as Arab courtesan)
Paul Portelli (as Arab man)
William Erazo Fernández (as Porter)