Das Mädchen und die Spinne

a film by Ramon und Silvan Zürcher

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Over the cour­se of two days and one night, as Lisa moves out of the apart­ment she has shared with Mara and into the one whe­re she will live alo­ne, many things will break and some will be repai­red.
Like the titu­lar spider’s web, the film has a per­fect, fra­gi­le geo­me­try. Set almost enti­re­ly in inte­ri­ors, it is also an invol­un­t­a­ry sum­ma­ry of the para­do­xi­cal age of the pan­de­mic. The tran­si­ti­on from one abo­de to ano­ther, and the ener­gy that is released bet­ween one sto­ry ending and ano­ther begin­ning, puts the enti­re ensem­ble into an alte­red sta­te of grace. This crea­tes a sort of seduc­ti­ve jam ses­si­on, rep­le­te with the evo­ca­ti­ve pre­sence of tot­emic ani­mals. It is, as they say at one point, “As if a secret force were hol­ding ever­y­thing tog­e­ther”. This weird magne­tism comes from the Zürcher brot­hers’ orga­nic wri­ting and direc­ting. Once again, framing, sca­le and deep focus are all essen­ti­al ele­ments of their cine­ma­tic lan­guage, while the editing orchestra­tes the­mes and figu­res at a relent­less pace. This leads to con­stant for­mal ten­si­on bet­ween move­ments, gazes, sounds, colours and details, which all sup­port each other as if part of a diz­zy­ing house of cards.


CH 2021, 98 Min., deut­sche Fassung,
Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
Kamera: Alex Haßkerl
Schnitt: Ramon Zürcher, Katharina Bhend
mit: Henriette Confurius, Liliane Amuat, Ursina Lardi, Flurin Giger, André M. Hennicke, Ivan Georgiev, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet, Lea Draeger, Sabine Timoteo, Birte Schnöink


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