PAIN NOVELLA

The title recalls Arthur Schnitzler’s “Dream Novella”. An unforeseen event radically changes a physician’s life. The good doctor interrupts his vacation in a fashionable Austrian spa to examine the schizophrenic Johanna Maria Palm, whose husband has died under suspicious circumstances. A self-confessed specialist in sexual aberrations, he falls progressively under the sway of Johanna’s erotic charisma. The enigmatic seductress, a powerful, independent woman, undermines the self-control of the vain narcissist, until he forgets his medical code of honor. Is she becoming his puppet, or he hers? Is she more implicated in her husband’s demise than the prosecutor’s office suspects? The situation escalates – and culminates in tragedy …

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