MIDDLE OF THE WORLD
DIRECTOR: ALAIN TANNER
CAST: OLIMPIA CARLISI, PHILIPPE LéOTARD, JULIET BERTO
After glad-handing, married Swiss politician Paul (Philippe Léotard) falls for an emotionally-withdrawn Italian café waitress (Olimpia Carlisi), his campaign goes into a subsequent tailspin, and Tanner stages the fallout in strikingly stark, formal style, with the Brechtian breaks including interstitial date-keeping cartoons, disjunctive landscape shots, and musical interludes by Patrick Moraz. Among Tanner’s most radical films in terms of form, and also among his angriest.