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Director  Daniel Schmid
Music director  Carl Hanggi
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Country  Switzerland Germany Austria
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Screenplay  Martin Suter
Writer  Martin Suter
Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland movie poster
Language  German (Swiss German)
Release date  1999 (1999)
Initial release  August 20, 1999 (Switzerland)
Cast  Elena Panova (Irina), Geraldine Chaplin (Charlotte De), Martin Benrath (Alt-Divisionär Sturzenegger), Ulrich Noethen (Dr. Alfred Waldvogel), Hans-Peter Korff (Nationalrat Tschanz)
Similar movies  Related Daniel Schmid movies

Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland (German: Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz) is a 1999 satiric comedy film by Swiss director Daniel Schmid. It chronicles the story of Irina, a Russian call girl arriving in Switzerland, whose innocent attempt to live the high life there triggers an unintended coup d'état in the country. The title Beresina refers to the Beresinalied, a patriotic song used as the code for initiating the putsch.

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The film is a black comedy where all aspects of Swiss life are satirized in anecdotes. The heroine deals with a retired P-26 officer who appears as her false "sponsor" and various sexual perverts at the top of Swiss social hierarchy. Their attitudes to immigrants are also depicted ironically. Even the national identity and modern history of Switzerland are caricaturized in the country's first ever coup d'état sequences. The film culminates with Irina's coronation as Queen of Switzerland.

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Beresina was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Cast

  • Yelena Panova - Irina
  • Geraldine Chaplin - Charlotte De
  • Martin Benrath - Alt-Divisionär Sturzenegger
  • Ulrich Noethen - Dr. Alfred Waldvogel
  • Iván Darvas - Direktor Vetterli
  • Marina Confalone - Benedetta Hösli
  • Stefan Kurt - Claude Bürki
  • Hans-Peter Korff - Nationalrat Tschanz
  • Joachim Tomaschewsky - Alt Bundesrat von Gunten
  • Ulrich Beck
  • Ivan Desny - Rudolf Stauffacher
  • Schuyler Landolt
  • Hilde Ziegler - Frau Vetterli
  • Reception

    The film was praised by Variety, where Schmid "applies his wicked sense of humour", to create a "rollicking socio-political farce that roasts just about everyone in power." The review also explained how Schmid uses "black humour to expose Swiss high society as a hypocritical facade hiding secrets from money-laundering to pimping, with the banks involved in absolutely everything."

    References

    Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland Wikipedia
    Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland IMDb Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland themoviedb.org


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