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1,083 Ratings


Directed by Angela Schanelec
Germany, 2004
  • French
  • English


Marseille describes an interlude in the life of young Berlin photographer Sophie. Wanting a change, Sophie does an apartment swap, so she can go photograph the city of Marseille, and most of all get away from Berlin.

Our take

While trying to grasp the mysterious nature of a world ruled by chance with impressive formal precision, Marseille oozes with serene ambiguity revealing the almost ethereal soul of Angela Schanelec’s work. A quietly radical drama that experiments with cinema’s narrative tools to hypnotic effect.

Marseille Directed by Angela Schanelec
What matters is not its story or the different interpretations that could be devised about its unsettling ending, but rather the unforgettable sensory experience conveyed both through Schanelec’s style and Eggert’s evasive performance.
January 02, 2019
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The film’s baffling (in)conclusion makes those ellipses which we thought we had “read” correctly now yawn like voids. Having built its rhythmic drive and delicate narrative edifice from this pattern of slight disruptions,Marseille now makes those ruptures gape wide, retrospectively intimating something enormously, frighteningly unknowable.
April 10, 2013
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This film contains some of Schanelec’s most experimental cinematic work, a foregoing of narrative movement in favor of a pure presence of the image. From shot to shot and edit to edit, we are unable to map the spaces of the city. Instead, Schanelec and ace Berlin School cinematographer Reinhold Vorschneider provide a kind of distanced, alienated vision of the city.
April 05, 2018
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