Tarot

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Reteaming the lead actors of Wim Wenders' KINGS OF THE ROAD--Rudiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler--TAROT is an adaptation of Goethe's Elective Affinities that explores the interrelationships of four characters living along the Alz River in the German countryside. Zischler is a film director who restlessly passes the days between projects. In the hope of finding...read more

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Reteaming the lead actors of Wim Wenders' KINGS OF THE ROAD--Rudiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler--TAROT is an adaptation of Goethe's Elective Affinities that explores the interrelationships of four characters living along the Alz River in the German countryside. Zischler is a film director

who restlessly passes the days between projects. In the hope of finding a picture to shoot in the spring, he invites screenwriter Vogler to come to his country estate and collaborate on a script. In the meantime, Zischler's longtime companion Tschechowa is struggling over an unfinished novel. Into

this group comes Tschechowa's pretty teenage niece, Bohm, a classical guitar student who aspires to become a music instructor. The Zischler-Vogler collaboration goes nowhere, with each distressed at his own creative inability. When Vogler reads Tschechowa's manuscript and expresses his admiration,

Zischler enthusiastically decides that Vogler and Tschechowa should collaborate on the script, which he will direct and in which Tschechowa will star. Meanwhile, Berger, Tschechowa's literary agent, peddles the manuscript and searches for financial backing for the film. While things seem to fall

into place professionally and artistically, they are not so orderly on a personal level, as the relationships among the four become more complex. An intellectual discourse on life, love, morality, and the secrets of the future, TAROT uses as its center a set of tarot cards that reveal the player's

inner self. For these four characters the drama of life is left up to fate. Tschechowa relies on the cards, Bohm has dreams that later come true, and Vogler's favorite answer to and question is, "Only the gods know." Although the entire film is acted without emotion (as if the characters are

playing intellectual games with one another), all the performances are compelling. The blame for the picture's faults, however, must be laid at director Thome's feet. Too often the tone fluctuates between naturalism and a nonrealistic, detached tone that resembles aloof intellectualism. While this

sort of cool melodrama works well in the films of R.W. Fassbinder, here it seems at odds with the more earthy structure.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Reteaming the lead actors of Wim Wenders' KINGS OF THE ROAD--Rudiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler--TAROT is an adaptation of Goethe's Elective Affinities that explores the interrelationships of four characters living along the Alz River in the German countrys… (more)

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