By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to offer you content and services that are tailored to your interests.

En savoir plus et gérer ces paramètres[OK]

Absence (The)

A Feature film by Peter Handke

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 20/01/1993


    The film is like a tale in which the settings are clear and labyrinthine, concrete and fabulous. Four anonymous characters, on the verge of hypostasis, leave their daily surrondings. The old man, who guides them in their wanderings, the young woman, the soldier and the gambler all set off and discover, through the continents, a fantastic geography. They each meet one another and form a group which moves like an expedition, fleeing whatever forced them to leave. Their conversations, their words, monologues and dream-like visions tell their story. The end of the journey, as incidental as the start, separates the group gathered by the visible and returns each of these travellers to their initial loneliness. The "guide" that led them is perhaps absence itself. What they share is wat they've seen...

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Marea films, Road Movies Filmproduktion

    French distribution :

    Amorces Diffusion

    Co-productions :

    Spica, Arte France Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Metropolis film, The Bureau Sales

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Director of photography :

    Agnès Godard

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

    Production Designer :

    Maria-José Branco

    Screenwriter :

    Peter Handke

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Paul Mugel, Harmut Eichgrun

    Editor :

    Peter Przygodda

    Music Composers :

    Josep-Maria Bargadi, Hienlrich Schutz

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :


    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, Spain, France

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Majority French (Germany, Spain, France)

    Production year :


    French release :


    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :


    Visa number :


    Visa issue date :


    Approval :



    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1992

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1992)


    Official Competition