The Audition

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25th Jan 2023

The Audition poster200 The Audition (2019), an award-winning contemporary German drama by director Ina Weisse. It stars Nina Hoss, the best German actor working today, who has featured in many films shown at Cinematheque over the years. She plays Anna, a violin tutor at the prestigious Berlin music school. When a student, Alexander, auditions, the vote is split, but Anna sees promise and insists she can train him. Her obsessive quest draws out the unique sound she believes he possesses, however, he does not respond well to her increasingly strict approach. This obsession starts to impact her professional and home life. Anna becomes more and more unpredictable and doubles down on Alexander. Come the day of his exam, events take a tragic turn…
Nina Hoss won the Best Actress Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival for her role in this excellent European melodrama of obsession, compulsion and self-destruction. ‘Nina Hoss is impeccable’ Glenn Kenny, New York Times. ‘A superb Nina Hoss’ Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times.

Audience Reactions

 

A: 12,  B: 19,  C: 4,  D: 4,  E: 0.

A: Great acting! (A) Intense (A) Great film (A) Very complex, but exceptional (A) One iceberg, several shipwrecks…and the band played on. (A) Brilliant! (A) Very intense but very enjoyable (A) I am a violin teacher – if anyone is inspired to learn, I can help – haha. Wear a belt!! (A) Should I have married a violin teacher? (A)

B: Abrupt ending! (B) Very frightening – very German? (B) Intense but inconclusive! (B) From a classical enthusiast, it had to be good. Great to see talented students encouraged and pushed to their limits (B) Intense! (B) Fabulous acting by Nina Hoss (B) Slow start. Emotionally complex (B) Jealousy, regret, envy all rolled up to make a good film. (B) Slow at times but otherwise excellent (B) A fascinating study of family dynamics and how teachers can be so abusive. (B) But not a good look for violin teachers! (B)

C: Not sure what it was about. If there was a message, what was it? Enjoyable in parts! (C) Good, though I was irritated by the jumpy scenes and it was hard to engage with such a disturbed, unpleasant woman! (C) Couldn’t make it’s mind up what it was: a music film, a family dynamics film or a love story… (C)

D: More variety needed. Some characters not convincing (D) A bit tortured (D) Strange, nice flat (D) Not sure what the overall message was. Many strands. No depth of characters (D)

IMDB details

The Audition | November 6, 2019 (France) 6.5

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Cast

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Anna
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Frau Köhler
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Herr Schupelius
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Lehrerin
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Lehrer
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Schülerin Violine
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Pianistin
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Alexander
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Philippe
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Tante Hilde
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Walter
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Jonas Bronsky
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Alexanders Mutter
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Christian Wels
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Kellner
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Frau Bismarck
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1 Violine
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Bratschist

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Countries: Germany, FranceLanguages: German, French

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