Directed by Ivan Fila
witnessing her father murder her mother, a young Slovak girl named Lea (Lenka
Vlasakova) is stricken mute, communicating only through writing and poetry.
She is again thrust into a strange world when her foster parents arrange her
marriage to a much older gentleman (Christian Redl) who also suffers a
traumatic past. Their relationship seems doomed, but a bond soon grows as
they learn more about each other. Also stars Hanna Schygulla, Udo Kier and
Miroslav Donutil. "...the film has the awful radiance of a bittersweet
fable, the timeless kind that rings psychologically true and feels
emotionally uplifting without once striking a false or sentimental note"
(Rick Groen, Globe and Mail). German and Slovak with English
subtitles. 96 minutes.