A Russian Jewish chocolatier (Dirk Bogarde) in 1930s Germany plots an escape to Switzerland after becoming convinced that a vagrant (Klaus Löwitsch) is a doppelgänger whose identity he can adopt – though it’s clear to all that what he’s most trying to escape from is himself.
In response to Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s absurd novel of the same name, a macabre tale laced with melancholy humour, Fassbinder delivers what The Guardian calls “an icy, psycho-melodramatic nightmare”, exploring themes of alienation and mental breakdown in oblique, playfully provocative ways.
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