Cinema: Sexual Politics

THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

Directed by ALAIN TANNER

Screenplay by ALAIN TANNER and JOHN BERGER

A young Italian girl (Olimpia Carlisi), having just emigrated to Switzer land, finds a job waiting on tables in a railroad cafe. Adriana has a quiet single-mindedness that could be mistaken for stubbornness. She also has a distinct pride in herself, a trust in her own heart, that makes her seem both vulnerable and accessible.

A Swiss engineer named Paul (Philippe Leotard) finds that she is not quite either. The circumstances of his comfortable life are so neatly arranged...

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