The Vast Domain

Winner of two German Film Awards


It is the period around 1910, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. A male dominated circle of upper middle class, nouveaux riches, officers, doctors and artists spends the time between sensual adventures and broken hearts playing tennis, visiting the theatre and hiking in the countryside. Thanks to husband Friedrich’s affairs, the Hofreiters’ marriage is under a lot of strain. Affairs, however, are the norm in this society, appearances are kept up by remaining silent. It is only when Friedrich discovers his wife Genia has started an affair with a friend’s son that he forces a lethal confrontation with the other man.

Based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler
Directed by Luc Bondy
Year of production: 1987
Starring: Michael Piccoli, Bulle Ogier