TOTAL THERAPY

tragicomedy | Christian Frosch | AT | 1997 | 125 min
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Release: 04.04.1997

Nine very different people are taking part in a two-week self-discovery course at a remote farm. Marital problems, career setbacks, age related depression and inability to form relationships — the ‘participants’ motives are as different as their personalities. Charismatic therapist Dr. Roman Romero and his helpers confront their clients with their “real” problems.
Cut off from the outside world, the participants increasingly fall under the sway of the therapy and their personalities start to change. After a week the unforeseen occurs: Dr Romero is found murdered. Panic breaks out and the psychotherapy turns into psychological warfare. The tension continues to rise as in rapid succession absurd accusations are traded, identities mistaken, accidents occur and false assumptions are made. Chance events and a growing frenzy of hysteria progressively rob the protagonists of their ability to take conscious decisions — until disaster can no longer be averted.

Die Totale Therapie (Total Therapy) is a tragicomic psycho-thriller in a world where things are falling apart and self-appointed saviours can trigger complete disaster.

With: Ursula Ofner, Blixa Bargeld, Sophie Rois and many more

Funding: Österreichisches Filminstitut, Land Niederösterreich

Credits

SCREENPLAY & DIRECTOR Christian Frosch
DOP Johannes Hammel
EDITOR Vera Holcapek
ART DEPARTMENT Michaela Pedratscher
COSTUME DESIGNER Alfred Mayerhofer
MAKE UP Martin Geisler, Bettina Grass
Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

Prizes

Förderungspreis Carl Mayer Drehbuchwettbewerb 1999