Tuvalu is the name of an island to which the film's young heroes dream of escaping - a dream that seems to be unlikely, given that they are marooned in a dilapidated and largely deserted bathhouse. Anton is the eccentric, downtrodden younger son of the pool's proprietor, the blind Karl. Anton takes great pains to preserve the illusion that this astonishing wreck of a building is still a prospering enterprise. In fact, there are almost no swimmers, and those who do come pay in buttons, literally. Their daily routine is disrupted when the beautiful, young Eva appears one rainy day. Meanwhile Anton's unscrupulous older brother is trying to bring ruin to the family business so that the building can be demolished and the site developed. But the young lovers, Eva and Anton, will prevail in this allegory of totalitarianism versus the little people. Comedy, emotion and romance abound and, above all, a genuinely distinctive visual style is employed to brilliant effect.

Date de sortie

Langue originale: No dialogue
Genre: Comedy, Drama, World Cinema
Durée: 100 min.
Année: 1999


Chulpan Hamatova
Denis Lavant
Un film de
Veit Helmer