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Despair

Despair

May. 19, 1978 WestGermany,France 119 Min.
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Dirk Bogarde isHermann Hermann
Hermann Hermann
Andréa Ferréol isLydia Hermann
Lydia Hermann
Klaus Löwitsch isFelix Weber
Felix Weber
Peter Kern isMüller
Müller
Gottfried John isPerebrodov
Perebrodov
Adrian Hoven isInspektor Schelling
Inspektor Schelling
Hark Bohm isDoktor
Doktor
Isolde Barth isFrau in Pension
Frau in Pension

Synopsis

Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair to observe himself making love to his wife, Lydia, a zaftig empty-headed siren who is also sleeping with her cousin. Hermann is soon given to intemperate outbursts at his workers, other businessmen, and strangers. Then, he meets Felix, an itinerant laborer, whom he delusionally believes looks exactly like himself. Armed with a new life insurance policy, he hatches an elaborate plot in the belief it will free him of all his worries.

Despair
Despair
Original title Despair
IMDb Rating 7.4 1,718 votes
TMDb Rating 6.9 12 votes

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