In order to solve a family mystery, John, a stonemason from Zimbabwe, travels to Berlin to search for 1928 footage of a tightrope walker at Niagara Falls. While there, he becomes romantically obsessed with Miriam, a French rock musician in an all-girl band. Unfortunately, Miriam is totally in love with her boyfriend Pierre, a talented scientist. Running parallel to the main plot is that of Jacob, a Jewish tailor who in the film's early scenes is caught shoplifting, an act that will have troubling ramifications for John, who gets caught in the middle of Jacob's attempt to flee the crime scene. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Obsession is a typically European-flavor movie in that it is quirky-- & I like quirky, eccentric people & plots. So, this was right up my alley. Daniel Craig plays John McHale,a man who is to be deported after a run-in with Berlin police while trying to assist an elderly shoplifter. Enter Miriam (Heike Makatsch) who, in turn, tries to rescue John from the legal system. John & Miriam develop feelings for each other despite the fact that she already has a man. He pursues her which she alternately discourages & encourages. The scenes between John & Miriam in France are sexy, touching & sensuous. Footnote: Daniel & Heike, in reality, were involved for several years.