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Verliebte Feinde

Werner Schweizer, Switzerland, 2013o


The Catholic intellectual Peter von Roten comes from Valais, the Protestant feminist Iris von Roten from Lake Zurich. Love brought these two strong personalities together: Between 1943 and 1950 the two wrote almost 1300 letters in which they debated feminism, religion, politics, literature, love, open relationships and sexuality. These letters as well as archive material, statements by acquaintances and contemporary witnesses and many re-staged scenes paint a picture of a difficult, passionate and unconventional relationship.

Angelehnt an Wilfried Meichtrys gleichnamiges Buch, erzählt Werner Schweizer die Lovestory dieser Vordenker als Mix aus dokumentarischem Material und Spielszenen. Letztere dominieren, muten aber bisweilen gar demonstrativ an. Doch Mona Petri und Fabian Krüger sind ihren Rollen nicht nur optisch gewachsen, und der Film macht politische und beziehungstechnische Spannungsfelder sinnfällig, die noch immer frappieren.

Julia Marx


Movie Datao

Other titles
Enemies in Love EN
Drama, Documentary , Period piece
Running time
112 Min.
Original language
Important Awards
Swiss Film Award 2013: Best Fiction Film (Nominated)
ØYour rating6.6/10
IMDB user:
6.6 (56)
< 10 votes
< 3 votes q

Cast & Crewo

Fabian KrügerPeter von Roten
Mona PetriIris von Roten
Thomas MathysHans-Anton von Roten
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