3 DAYS IN QUIBERON – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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My film education continues: I had never heard of Austrian actress Romy Schneider before 3 Days in Quiberon crossed my radar, but now I know that she was one of the biggest European film stars of the mid 20th century, with a long string of prominent roles that made her a household name and recognizable on the street in Germany and France, and also subject to endless and often malicious gossip in the press. In this raw and uneasy film, German writer-director Emily Atef paints of portrait of tortured celebrity, extrapolating from Schneider’s last interview in 1981, just a year before her apparently unexplained death at age only 43.

As Schneider (a riveting Marie Bäumer) is detoxing and trying to relax at a luxury spa hotel on the Brittany coast, with the support of her close friend, Hilde Fritsch (Birgit Minichmayr), Stern magazine journalist Michael Jürgs (Robert Gwisdek) and photographer Robert Lebeck (Charly Hübner) arrive. She doesn’t often speak to the press, but she has invited them for what they hope will be an intimate conversation, and turns out to be, as Jürgs confides later to his editor over the phone, the most open she’s ever been with a reporter. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).