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Germany 2023
produced by
Kevin Gschiel, Patrick Lang, Carlos Armin Rosario, René Wiesner, Alexander Gruschka (executive), Sebastian Hojka (executive) for RWFilms
directed by René Wiesner
starring Jörg Wischnauski, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Julia Seewald, Kitty Thai, Jeff Clark, Dennis Pelzer, Niklas Schäpsmeier, Manuel Luckhardt, Martin Faltermeier, Natalia Devic, Christian Kind, Atcharapan Wiesner, René Wiesner
written by René Wiesner, music by Stephan Ortlepp/Musica Non Grata

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Peter's (Jörg Wischnauski) is not a man who's doing particularly well - the mere fact that his father has never believed in him and has mocked him for that has left a deep hole in him, and since he has become, well, weird: He has made it his habit to take pictures of dead animals whichhe collects in his journal, and has even started himself of late. And that meetings with his cinematic idols (Brian Trenchard-Smith and René Wiesner as themselves) has produced anything meaningful. Eventually, Peter's so far gone that he has a prostitute (Julia Seewald) play dead while he shags her, and when that doesn't work ... well, the girl gets away if only just. But a traumatic encounter at a slaughterhouse might finally turn Peter for the better - if it isn't already too late for that ...


Now Thanatomania most certainly isn't a film for everybody, as in its portrayal of its main character it's (intentionally) disturbing, and it doesn't shy away from the more disgusting aspects of his life, either. Plus, the film clearly shares Peter's fascination with all things dead - something that though has long become a trademark of director René Wiesner's body of work. So if you're of a weak stomach, this film is definitely not for you, That said, in it's disturbing nature, Thanatomania is also fascinating, as it does its best to open a door to its main character's mind and in the process makes one complicit with this guy who at first comes across as nothing but a weirdo, also thanks to a very engaging performance by Jörg Wischnauski. So in all, definitely not for everybody, but a powerful film that will stay for a while with those willing to step into its lead character's world.


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