Trois vies et une seule mort (Drei Leben und ein Tod), 1996, Raúl Ruiz

Trois vies et une seule mort (Drei Leben und ein Tod)

Regie: Raúl Ruiz; Drehbuch: Raúl Ruiz, Pascal Bonitzer; Kamera: Laurent Machuel; Schnitt: Rodolfo Wedeles; Musik: Jorge Arriagada; Darsteller*innen: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Galiena, Melvil Poupaud, Chiara Mastroianni. FR/PT, 1996, 35mm, Farbe, 126 min. Französisch mit dt. UT
The film tells and intertwines its four fantastic as well as comic, absurd as well as mysterious stories so skillfully that we and the protagonists casually accept all the monstrosities. A terrific Marcello Mastroianni navigates through all episodes in four roles, as a victim of time-manipulating fairies, a professor of negative anthropology, a butler conditioned to ring bells, and an industrial tycoon whom his own fictitious family wants to visit – but are they really four people? Doubts increasingly creep in, and in the end a quite unlikely mastermind of the whole affair turns up for the showdown. (B.K.)