Free Radicals (2003)

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Unsentimental yet deeply humane, Free Radicals "brims with energy, carefully drawn characters and fine acting" (The New York Post). in this "bruising, moving Altmanesque drama" (Time Out New York), writer/director Barbara Albert passionately explores the intersection of chance and fate as the seemingly unrelated residents of a suburban Austrian community become linked by a chain of circumstances. Albert, in her second film, subtly tempers cruel fate with "bright flashes of compassion" (The Daily News) to create an "intelligent, viscerally intellectual exercise" (The Village Voice), "grounded in the gorgeous strangeness of real life" (Film Comment). Austrian housewife Manu's narrow escape from the catastrophic consequences of "The Butterfly Effect" aboard an airliner only sets her up for an even more shockingly random fate. As the devastating results of a traffic accident transform Manu's family and the young occupants of the other car, the personal and circumstantial fallout envelopes an entire community. Raw sexuality, burgeoning romance, suburban sprawl and unsolved child abduction form a four-season dramatic fresco that exposes the lonely yearning and thwarted redemption ricocheting the human particles of Free Radicals off of each other. Boasting a first-rate cast featuring "scene stealer" (The New York Post) Deborah Ten Brink as Manu's young daughter and Michael Haneke regular Georg Friedrich (The Piano Teacher, Dog Days) as her husband, Free Radicals walks a stylistic and thematic tightrope suspended between open-hearted spirituality and unblinking realism. Barbara Albert's keen eye for physical detail and sympathetic ear for the muted cries of modern isolation incisively enlivens Free Radicals with "terrific visual and dramatic ideas." (The Village Voice)

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Director: Barbara Albert
Producer: Antonin Svoboda
Producer: Martin Geschalt
Producer: Martin Gschlacht
Actor: Kathrin Resetarits
Actor: Ursula Strauss
Actor: Georg Friedrich
Actor: Marion Mitterhammer
Actor: Martin Brambach
Actor: Rupert M Lehofer
Actor: Dominik Hartl
Actor: Alfred Worel
Actor: Deborah Ten Brink
Actor: Désirée Ourada
Actor: Dominik Hartel
Actor: Nicole Skala
Actor: Rupert M. Lehofer
Actor: Karl Fischer
Actor: Bellinda Akwa-Asare
Actor: Gabriela Schmoll
Actor: Christian Ghera

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