AKA: Black Panther-The story of Emilie and Jakob
Directed by: Samuel Perriard
Starring: Lucy Wirth (Emilie), Ole Jacobs (Jakob), Jonas Hien (Andreas)
Country: Germany, Switzerland; Effed Up European Movies
Language: German; Effed Up German Films
Plot – Spoilers:
German siblings, Emilie and Jakob, are meeting for the first time in a while at their family’s Alpine holiday home. Emilie and her husband have taken over the family business which has run into debt and they’re now looking to sell the house, for which they need Jakob’s signature.
The husband heads back to Germany for a few days and the siblings who share the tragedy of parents lost to a climbing accident are left alone to relive a taboo love they shared years ago.
Schwarzer Panther is a slow-moving beautiful rendition of the hopelessness of incest.
Random thoughts on the title Black Panther:
What’s the significance of the side-story of the locals trying to drive away the panther. One possible interpretation could be that the black panther is symbolism for the siblings’ incestuous feelings. And like the panther that isn’t native to the area, it has no place there, yet has surfaced out of the blue.
Among the people trying to drive the panther away, there’s one guy in a cap who’s always alone, and who doesn’t seem to be looking to drive the panther away, rather he seems to be searching for it. He first appears soon after Emilie secretly watches her brother listening to music and also later helps Jakob, leading him through the dense woods.