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Fata Morgana (2007)

Vacationing in Morocco, a young couple, Daniel and Laura, rent a car for a day trip into the Moroccan desert. On a whim, they decide to leave the main road and take off across the forbidden... See full summary »

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Simon Groß
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Complete credited cast:
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Daniel
Marie Zielcke ... Laura
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Der Fremde
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Vacationing in Morocco, a young couple, Daniel and Laura, rent a car for a day trip into the Moroccan desert. On a whim, they decide to leave the main road and take off across the forbidden wasteland on an adventurous, wild ride. However, what starts out as a little side trip rapidly turns into a major nightmare. Not only do they get hopelessly lost, but their car breaks down, forcing the despairing couple to continue on foot. After several days of torturous plodding through the unforgiving heat, they awake one morning to find a strange man watching them -- with their repaired car off to one side. Overjoyed at their rescue, Daniel and Laura quickly agree to the mysterious man's offer to guide them back to the road on his motorcycle. With time however, it seems like he's bringing them anywhere else but back. While Daniel's suspicions of the secretive man's motives grow, Laura is slowly finding herself attracted to the stranger. Soon, overcome by a raging sense of helplessness and ... Written by Anonymous

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simple, unexpected, mind-blowing
4 July 2007 | by der_moritzSee all my reviews

Well, what can I say about this excellent piece of artwork without being spoilish? First of all: I am very happy to have picked 'Fata Morgana' of all movies from the Munich Film Festival 2007. It simply was a mind mind-blowing movie experience yet totally unexpected. And as I still find myself reflecting on what happened in that movie – almost two weeks later – I might as well drop a line here. But back-to-back:

'Fata Morgana' is pure purism. The story is simple, straightforward and as a result of that particularly striking. The parts – there are only three of them – are extremely well cast. One might even say Matthias Schweighofer as well as Jean-Hugues Anglade played the roles of their lives, so far. And Marie Zielke also did a great job. The pictures are stunning and at no time over-scripted. In fact I have never been that impressed by any desert movie or documentary before. The music is – on the one hand – inconspicuous throughout the entire movie while as on the other hand it's the perfect match for every picture, every detail, every sentiment. (Besides: Not included is the music during the final credits. That was awful.) Finally the dramaturgy: The movie has got an absorbing very unique speed. It builds up slowly but while you are still wondering whether and when the thrill will start, you are already deep down into it.

In brief: Simon Gross reduced everything to a max. There is nothing in that movie that does not belong there. And even after days and weeks the movie still keeps its impact and secrecy. What more could you expect?

Well done, Simon Gross.

And just to increase the pressure a little: I am anxious to see your next movie.


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Release Date:

16 August 2007 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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