The Dreamed Ones

Film, Documentaries
The Dreamed Ones

A pair of young actors read the love letters of two German poets in this challenging but moving art-film

This literate art-film can be a challenging watch, but there are moments of real beauty. It’s structured around a series of letters sent by poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, tracking their intense, rollercoaster romance from post-war Vienna to 1960s Paris, from the first flush of love to despondent, betrayed fall-out. The letters are read aloud on screen by actors Anja Plaschg and Laurence Rupp, and in between recitals we catch glimpses of this pair together: grabbing a sandwich, sharing a smoke, attending an orchestra rehearsal.

It’s a stagey, at times aggravating setup: Plaschg and Rupp are a pretty self-involved pair, and the scenes of them playing themselves get a bit tedious. But the letters between Bachmann, an Austrian, and Celan, a German, are lovely – filled with truth and longing, at times swooningly romantic, at others bitter and prickly. The chance to hear them spoken aloud, in their native language, makes ‘The Dreamed Ones’ worthwhile.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday December 2 2016
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ruth Beckermann
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