Liebestraum is a moody, stylish suspense thriller written and directed by British director Mike Figgis. Nick (Kevin Anderson) is an architectural writer who goes home to be with his dying mother, Mrs. Anderssen (Kim Novak) from whom he was separated as a baby. There he meets an old friend and has an affair with the friend's wife, who was herself adopted after her mother went insane. Through a series of coincidences and a good deal of investigation Nick learns some terrible truths concerning everyone. The film, while beautiful to look at, and with a wonderful score composed by Figgis, is more interested in style and emotion rather than cogent explanations for the actions of the characters, however, taken for what it is, a mood piece, Liebestraum succeeds beautifully. Figgis has beautiful technique and is greatly aided by Juan Ruiz-Anchia's stark and evocative images. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
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This movie is a mixed bag. It's low budget, vague in a David Lynch kinda way, and unintentionally comical in some of the early 90s approaches to sexual matter. But it is reasonably intriguing and has a neat story. Bill Pullman puts in some decent work (not as good as Lonestar in Spaceballs, but decent). And you get to see the legendary Kim Novak (still creepily hot in a Golden Girls kinda way) say some of the unimaginably wrong dialogue ever. Probably would have gotten an NC-17 had such a rating existed at the time.
What a pretentious hoot. I rented this in my ongoing Kim Novak survey. It's a trashy flick in the Adrian Lyne sort of way, which is to say the sexuality isn't sexy, it's just creepy, the plot twists aren't worth figuring out, and between sexual scenes it's just a snooze. Sound and fury - and some dry ice - signifying nothing.