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The Heart Is a Dark Forest (2007)

Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald (original title)
A woman's life is destroyed when she discovers that her husband has another family.


Nicolette Krebitz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Marie
Devid Striesow ... Thomas
Bella Brunnet Bella Brunnet ... Leonie
Chloé Brunnet Chloé Brunnet ... Elliot
Franziska Petri ... Anna
Justus Gröger Justus Gröger ... Paul
Andrej Böhm Andrej Böhm ... Busfahrer
Max Herbrechter Max Herbrechter ... Psychologe
Katrin Riedel-Kelly Katrin Riedel-Kelly ... Psychologin
Jasper Vogt Jasper Vogt ... Taxifahrer
Angelika Taschen Angelika Taschen ... Angelika
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Mietzi
Otto Sander ... Helmut
Ole Puppe Ole Puppe ... Alexander
Simon Schwarz ... Hanns


This drama deals with a woman, whose life is destroyed when she discovers that her husband has another family. Marie and Thomas, both musicians before their marriage, are an apparently happy couple, living together with their two children. One day, Thomas forgets his violin at home, so Marie follows him to bring him the instrument, but learns that he lives in another house with another woman and their son. Thus, she wants to know more about her husband's second life, which marks the end of her old life... Written by fippi2000

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How dark is Coco's heart?
2 January 2008 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Pretty dark it seems. There is nothing in her previous work to prepare us for a family drama of this scale, neither in her acting track record nor in "Jeans", her laid back and somewhat self-centered 2001 directorial debut. In captivating images of growing surrealism, inter-cut with "Dogville"-type flashbacks on a barren stage, we learn of a husband's careless betrayal and its dire consequences. Highlights include a memorable guest appearance by Otto Sander in the part of the arsonist, amounting to less than one on-screen minute in a total of three scenes, as well as the last temptation of art world infant terrible Jonathan Meese in the part of Jesus himself. If you have seen Christian Petzold's "Yella", this movie may have a somewhat "déjà vu" feel to it. Not only does Krebitz share Petzold's lead actors Nina Hoss and Devid Striesow. There are also common themes such as betrayal and illusion. Even some of the sets reminded me of "Yella", especially the red brick house. I don't know whether any of this is intentional though.

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Release Date:

27 December 2007 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany


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Dolby SR



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1.85 : 1
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