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The Stationmaster's Wife

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The Stationmaster's Wife

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a C+

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s stylish version of Madame Bovary could have been subtitled Love, Despair, and the Whole Damn Thing. Trissenaar plays an oversexed woman married to a mousy stationmaster (Raab). She finds release for her love — well, lust at least — in the arms of both her butcher (”I’m going to buy some meat,” she announces to her enquiring husband) and her hairdresser. Nothing good comes of all this, of course. And, despite the fluidity of the filmmaking, The Stationmaster’s Wife is an awful lot of misery in just one sitting. C+

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