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Love In Thoughts [2004] [DVD]

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  • Actors: August Diehl, Anna Maria Mühe, Thure Lindhardt, Jana Pallaske, Daniel Bruhl
  • Directors: Achim Von Borries
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EPTOVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the Weimar Republic, Germany in 1927, based on true events, Love In Thoughts is the posthumous account of the suicide pact and murderous plot of poet Paul Krantz (Daniel Brühl) and friend Guenther Scheller (August Diehl). Paul and Guenther's promise to live life to the full, and end it when love betrays them, proves accurately fatal when the introduction of Hans (Thure Lindhardt) instigates a four-way tug of war.Hans' romance with Guenther's sister, Hilde (Anna Maria Mühe), leaves Guenther dangerously jealous and Paul inconsolably lost. The morning after a climatic hedonistic party and events that follow, push Paul and Guenther into creating a plot to take the lives of those that have felled their love along with their own

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"The film is the work of a craftsman" --filmcritic.com

"Love in thoughts is as intoxicating as a glass of absinthe" --Gay Times

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A beautiful langorous film of young love. I was entranced by the beauty of the characters - Hilde in particular. Although all set over a few days it evokes a long summer of growing up and falling in love. The soundtrack is lovely. A very absorbing film. And you don't work out what really happened until the end. This is an enchanting film to take you away to another world and time. The historical context is there but the film shows the real lives of people without the bigger drama going on around them. It makes you remember that when things were happening which we now can't understand the people were just absorbed in their own natural lives and loves.
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Günther and Paul are convinced that life must be lived to the fullest and without compromise - they demand the same of love. Together with Günther's sister, Hilde, they set out for a sultry, summer weekend in Günther and Hilde's country home. Paul is fascinated by Hilde and falls in love with her. Hilde, however, can't be pinned down by this handsome and sensative young suitor as her capsity for love is far too large for just one. She slips off to secretly meet with Hans - Günther's former lover and now one of hers.

Their friends arrive and an all night party begins. Hans can't resist joining the party, though he knows that Günther has never really gotten over him. High on music and real Absinth, emotions and desires mix with jealousies to create a deadly pact.

Daniel Brühl (Germany's answer to Jake Gyllenhaal) leads this young, talented and attractive cast in this beautifully crafted film based on a true story.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2013
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It's 1927 and hot hazy sunshine pervades those extensive forests that surround the German capital. A young poet, Paul Krantz, relaxes at the rural summer home of the family of his schoolfriend, Guenter Scheller. There Paul meets Guenter's sister Hilda. Paul falls for Hilda; Hilda is in love with a working boy called Hans; whilst Guenter is in love with ...

Well, let's not spoil the plot, but the answer is not what you might think. Suffice to say, this is less a love-triangle and more of love squared. We follow events based on a true story, from the Friday afternoon of the lads' original arrival at the summer cottage to the tragedy unravelled on the following Monday morning.

The German title is `Was nutzt die Liebe in Gedanken?', what use is it just thinking of love? It is a line taken up by Hilda from Paul's own poetry. Wonderfully acted by all concerned (as well as Daniel Bruhl and August Diehl, the film also has the beautiful Dane Thure Lindhardt as Hans), and shot in a golden sepia tone, this film has a brooding and foreboding intensity that captures the viewer's interest from the start.

Alas, despite a `Making of' appearing in the credits, there are no extras with my copy of the DVD.
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The events of this film seem to take place over a few days so it is perhaps not surprising that the film is long on mood and short on story-line. Though based on a true story set in the days of the Weimar Republic, there is little sense of the social and political atmosphere of the times, other than hedonism. The film holds one's attention reasonably well but it might have been a more interesting film had it followed the lives of the protagonists beyond the events portrayed, rather than relating them as a footnote at the end of the film.
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Funny how two people viewing the same film can have two completely different opinions. 'Love in Thoughts' (dumb title for a dumb film)seemed to me vacuous and incredibly dull. The story (based on actual events) is thin and portentous. The leads are ciphers not characters, much of the dialogue is crass, and the attractive cast do little more than pout, glower or stare moodily into the middle-distance - it would've taken a River Phoenix to make anything out of this leaden nonsense. The shooting style is arty/pretentious and the pace is the wrong side of slow, not helped by the occasional use of slow motion for no obvious reason - as if the film weren't slow enough! You'd be more challanged, absorbed and entertained watching a turkey cook in an oven.
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