Liebestraum (1991)

MIKE FIGGIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

USA, 1991.  , .  Screenplay by Mike Figgis.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by Mike Figgis.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A successful architect () returns to his home town for a visit and ends up becoming involved in the destruction of a decrepit old department store. At first indignant that such a beautiful piece of property is being torn down, he ends up discovering the building’s connection to secrets in his past, ones that include his bedridden birth mother () and his miserable friend and colleague () whose wife () catches Anderson’s eye. It turns out that the murder-suicide that took place in the building thirty years previously has something to do with Novak’s giving Anderson up for adoption, and he has now returned to her bedside to get to know her before she dies. Mike Figgis’ film is full of rich atmosphere and shady characters, but there is absolutely no momentum to the plot and so the drip-dry characters are left with nothing to do but talk about themselves. None of them are very interesting, except for Novak who is confined to bed and far too few scenes. Anderson, on the other hand, makes a poor leading man and doesn’t have enough charisma to hold an entire film on his shoulders.

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