Antares (2004)



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Year: 2004
Directed by: Gotz Spielmann
Starring: Petra Morze, Andreas Patton, Hary Prinz, Susanne Wuest, Andreas Kiendl, Dennis Cubic, Martina Zinner
Country: Austria
Language: German (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:54:41
Genres: Infidelity, Unsimulated Sex, Voyeur

Plot – Spoilers:
Antares captures a few days in the lives of two sets of people. The two groups of characters are mildly interconnected with one critical encounter when two of them literally intersect with each other. The other commonality with all the characters is that most of them live in and around a bleak council-type housing complex. The weather is forever gloomy and the characters’ lives not too dissimilar.

Petra Morze is a nurse married to boring Hary Prinz – Antares kicks off when Andreas Patton visits her from her another city. The two have had a sexual encounter previously that seems like a craigslist type one-off since she doesn’t seem to even know his surname. Her teenage daughter is meanwhile similarly bored at home.

The other group of characters include a supermarket cashier (Susanne Wuest), her Yugoslavian immigrant boyfriend Marco (Dennis Cubic) and his lover Martina Zinner – an older woman recently separated from her abusive real estate boyfriend (Andreas Kiendl). While Dennis Cubic appears to be committed to his relationship with Susanne, he looks at his infidelity as merely a physical performance and nothing more. Andreas Kiendl is bitter over his breakup and desperate to impress on Martina that he is now successful. However his abusive nature kicks in at the slightest provocation leaving her numb to his clumsy overtures. She also seems to gain a lot of her courage dealing with him from the fact that she’s in a fulfilling relationship that he so obviously doesn’t have.

The reason for Petra cheating initially doesn’t seem reasonable. Her lover looks timid and equally as boring as her husband at first. But the more you watch the more it makes sense. He photographs her a lot and she seems to love modeling for him. The attention. With the husband, the conversations are about his passion for classical music and the like. The lover also understands and indulges her kinky side and makes efforts to their encounters as special for her as possible.

Favorite Scenes:
Petra and her husband’s stilted conversation where he mentions the ‘obscene scribbler’ in the lift twice: He appears titillated by the scribbler while also proud about coining the name – obscene scribbler – which is as interesting as he’s gonna get for her all day.

The sex scene where the housekeeping lady is asked to watch them: Initially, Petra on opening her eyes and seeing her, reacts with shame, but then begins to enjoy it. The looks the two women exchange turns the whole scene into a tender lesbian encounter.

The Yugo disco scenes: Marco’s innate small townness shines through on the back of his traditional village-like family-values-inspired desire to have kids.

Andreas Kiendl as the bitter real-estate agent is hilariously brilliant in all of his scenes where he interacts with potential clients.

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