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During her Italian holiday Sibylle stumbles across the body of a woman who looks like her. It is only the first of a series of disturbing incidents that begin to threaten Sibylle's mental stability.


When Sibylle looks down on the hillside to see where her eerie lookalike walker is, everything suddenly changes. Down there, on a rock by the sea, is the motionless body of an unknown woman. It seems like everything that happens to Sibylle afterwards is determined by this moment. Michael Krummenacher’s second film is also very different than a prototypical German film: the zoom on Sibylle’s distraught face evokes 70s horror, urban visuals are colored in red, and the camera (Jakob Wiessner) follows the figures in a floating, ghost-like way: sticking to them or right underneath them, like a voyeur and a seismographer all at once. In the midst of it all is Anne Ratte-Polle – great as always – in her horror film debut as an architect who is slowly and inexorably alienating herself from her family, or perhaps, they are distancing themselves for her. Inexplicable things happen on the Italy trip where the accident happened, then later at home. At first they are strange coincidences but soon after the woman’s world comes off its hinges.
SIBYLLE is an effective film that plays with horror film tropes in an intricate, effective, and ambitious way and serves a genre that doesn’t really exist in this country. The fact that Krummenacher shows his cinematic influences all too clearly and that his protagonist’s immanent gender conflict is dealt with quite superficially can easily be forgiven because the images the film produces are inviting enough to give oneself over to SIBYLL. Also starring Heiko Pinkowski (ALKI ALKI) as the doctor and Dennis Kamitz in his first big role.

Toby Ashraf

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Deutschland 2015, 87 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Psychothriller
Director: Michael Krummenacher
Author: Silvia Wolkan, Michael Krummenacher
DOP: Jakob Wiessner
Montage: Stine Sonne Munch
Music: Björn Magnusson
Distributor: Eksystent Distribution
Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Thomas Loibl, Dennis Kamitz
FSK: 12
Release: 04.02.2016



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