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Romy Schneider and her three days in Quiberon

3 Tage in Quiberon is based on an interview which Romy Schneider gave to the journalists from a German magazin Stern. Romy Schneider started acting career at the age of 15 and was only 17 when she portrayed Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Sissi. It was the role which made her famous but she couldn’t get rid off it until the end of her life. People tended to think about her as Sissi and were comparing her life to the Austrian Empress’s one. As the trilogy about Sissi showed only her eralier years and the partial truth about the real Elisabeth, Romy Schneider’s life seemed to be tragic in comparison to the movies about Sisi which she did as a teenager. It was something which people liked to emphasize and which the Stern journalist, Michael Jürg played by Robert Gwisdek, also doesn’t hesitate to mention in 3 Tage in Quiberon.

The movie was shot in black-and-white and for me there wasn’t any reason to do that, apart from some unexplained director’s will and artistic vision. Marie Bäumer, who plays Romy Schneider, was a real pleasure to watch as well as the actors in the supporting roles: Birgit Minichmayr and Charly Hübner. I wasn’t convinced by the acting of Robert Gwisdek which was, well, to overacted if one can say so. At some point I couldn’t watch him anymore and if this was his goal, to discourage the audience and thus evoke the hate for the journalist, then he achieved at least that.

3 Tage in Quiberon was nominated for the German Film Awards in 10 categories, including the best feature film, the best leading actress, the best supporting actress and the best supporting actors (looks like I’m the minority who didn’t like Gwisdek as Jürg). It was also a part of the Berlinale’s main competition. Interesting facts in order to convince people to watch the movie. It might be also interesting for Sissi fans and the older audience which was watching Schneider’s movie (in fact, the cinema was filled with older rather than younger people) but for an average viewer? Unfortunately boring.

This is one of this movies which reaches small audience and apart from the cinephiles and other filmmakers, is quickly forgotten. Some call it a hommage to Romy Schneider but how can it be a hommage if it shows the actress in her worst state? And if we forget about the main character, then we’ll left with a story of a woman who can’t cope with her own life, isn’t grateful for her friend’s help and meets typical journalist trying to use her for their own popularity. It wasn’t intend to and it also isn’t a biogaphy but we find out some facts about Romy Schneider’s life and are left with the new questions: how come she found herself in such situation and how it all ended? If that was suppose to be a hommage to Schneider’s life and career, then the director achieved her goal at least with one person: as soon as I left the cinema, I rushed to read Romy Schneider’s biography.

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