Variation – oder Daß es Utopien gibt, weiß ich selber! (1983)


Haneke depicts the emotional story of an adulterous relationship between a journalist and a teacher. The film poignantly explores the difficult dynamics between people who love one another but still can’t keep from hurting one another. Variation has been described by its director as being closer to John Cassavetes than to Hollywood melodrama.

Director: Michael Haneke.
Writer: Michael Haneke.
Stars: Elfriede Irrall, Suzanne Geyer, Hilmar Thate, Monica Bleibtreu, Ilse Trautschold, Eva Linder, Udo Samel, Kurt Hübner, Tobias Meister.


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  1. Glen
    September 24, 2021

    Many thanks for this early look at Haneke’s work

  2. Alan
    September 24, 2021

    Thank you Jon for this rare, early Haneke. One of my favourite directors.

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