Lenz (2006)

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Original title Lenz
Country of production Switzerland ,
original language German ,
Swiss German
Publishing year 2006
length 96 minutes
Director Thomas Imbach
script Thomas Imbach
production Thomas Imbach
music Peter Bräker ,
Balz Bachmann
camera Jürg Hassler ,
Thomas Imbach
cut Thomas Imbach,
Jürg Hassler,
Patrizia Stotz

Lenz is a Swiss feature film by Thomas Imbach from 2006 based on the narrative fragment Lenz by Georg Büchner . In the film, the character of Lenz, played by Milan Peschel , is a filmmaker who is in a personal and artistic crisis. Lenz was shown at the 2006 Berlinale in the “Forum” section. It has also been shown at festivals such as the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Bafici in Buenos Aires.


The eccentric Lenz is in a life crisis. He leaves his home in Berlin in order to fathom Georg Büchner's fragment "Lenz" in the Vosges . However, he soon travels to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps to see his nine-year-old son Noah. With his help he organizes a meeting with his ex-wife Natalie, whom he still loves. However, the illusion of family life is short-lived due to Lenz's strange behavior. Noah and Natalie return to Zurich, and Lenz remains alone in the mountains.


The Berner Zeitung said that Imbach uncovered "the story of a driven life researcher, a love story that is probably hopeless, the tender image of a father-son relationship" and illuminates "the absurdities of the glamorous tourist destination" Zermatt. In doing so, he puts the Matterhorn “in a new light” and makes it “a main character” who tells “about nature and the difficult nature of man”. Incidentally, Imbach succeeded in making «one of the most sensual 'home films' in a long time».

The film service , however, judged that "[t] spit of the subject" would "the direction and the exalted play of the main actor not allow intimacy", but "keep the audience at a distance". This is also conducive to “numerous breaks in the staging”, which “can also be understood as ironic swipes at the excesses of mass tourism in Switzerland”.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Berner Zeitung, January 23, 2006 (Madeleine Corbat)
  2. Lenz. Film service , accessed August 19, 2015 .