The Middle of the World

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Tanner's most achieved film to date is also his most apparently conventional, the story of a love affair between a café waitress and an ambitious (married) local politician which comes to a catastrophic end. But the subject matter (a woman struggling for independence) and formal structure (including 'empty' shots of a bleak winter landscape) come together with breathtaking lucidity. The tone is compassionate, and for a truly '70s tragedy the ending is curiously upbeat.

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Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alain Tanner
Screenwriter: Alain Tanner, John Berger
Cast: Olimpia Carlisi
Philippe Léotard
Juliet Berto
Denise Perron
Jacques Denis
Roger Jendly
Gilbert Bahon
Claire Dominique
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