Fado

Germany/Portugal 2016. Dir: Jonas Rothlaender. 100 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | Stellar acting, gorgeous cinematography, and a whip-smart script elevate the familiar subject of a couple torn apart by pathological jealousy into an impressive cinematic achievement. Young doctor Fabian (Golo Euler) travels from Berlin to Lisbon to win back ex-girlfriend Doro (Luise Heyer), an architect. Wary at first, Doro eventually succumbs to Fabian’s charms. (Be advised: there are very explicit sex scenes in the film.) All is well until Fabian’s jealousy, paranoia, and suspicion return once again, in ever more extreme forms. Director Jonas Rothlaender makes the daring stylistic decision to frame Fabian’s distorted perceptions in such a way that we, like Fabian, cannot easily distinguish delusion from reality. A raw, immersive exploration of how rigid rules of masculinity can imprison one, and how behind jealousy lies the unspoken fear of betrayal and abandonment.

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Randall F. White, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UBC and the medical director of the B.C. Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

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