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Malina (1990)





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In this movie, a woman is going mad, literally, with frustration. Based on a novel by Ingeborg Bachmann, Isabelle Huppert plays the distraught woman who feels that the choice between her uninspiring husband and her indifferent lover warrants ever-escalating displays of rage, distress and loss of self-control. Eventually her self-indulgence leads to her setting her now-demolished Viennese apartment on fire and burning herself alive in it while the movie score plays songs from grand opera to celebrate her dramatic departure from life. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Libgart Schwartz
as Frl. Jellinek
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Critic Reviews for Malina

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One of the most fertile and furious blends of literature and cinema...

November 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a distressing portrait of a woman in the process of a slow-burn self-immolation. And perhaps at last, three decades after its release, we can rediscover the brilliance of Bachmann.

November 25, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a grim film, but I did find it provocative, intellectually stimulating and unique.

November 19, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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