Archive of films The Praying Mantis / Die Gottesanbeterin

2001, 93 min

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Year: 2001


An aging hausfrau finds hobby-murder an intoxicating sport in The Praying Mantis, an expertly played black comedy that´s beautifully lensed in widescreen and casts an ironic eye on Austria´s parochial mindset. Mantis recalls some adaptations of German novelist Ingrid Noll´s dark comedies featuring murderous women, especially Rainer Kaufmann´s The Pharmacist. Christiane Höerbiger is terrific as Trixi, a still-trim grandmother who escapes her dull home life with Siggi (Klaus Ofczarek), a model airplane enthusiast. You know the pic is not going to be your average middle-class drama when she´s spotted one day by Karli (Peter Faerber), a sleazy friend of her husband´s, and she calmly gives him oral sex to ensure he´ll keep her secret. Derek Elley

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Director: Paul Harather
Screenplay: Susanne Freund, Gerda E. Grossmann, Paul Harather
Dir. of Photography: Fabian Eder
Music: Mona Davis Music
Editor: Andreas Kopriva
Producer: Helmut Grasser
Production: Allegro Film
Cast: Christiane Hörbiger, Udo Kier, Jan Niklas, Simon Schwarz, Ursula Koban, Klaus Ofczarek, Gerhard Ernst, Tanja Petrovsky, Rainer Egger

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