A beautiful summer day. A garden. A terrace. A woman and a man sit at a table beneath the trees, with a soft summer wind. In the distance, in the vast plain, the silhouette of Paris. A conversation begins: questions and answers between the woman and the man. It deals with sexual experiences, childhood, memories, the essence of summer and the difference between men and women. It illustrates both, feminine perspective and masculine perception. In the background, inside the house that opens onto the terrace, on the woman and the man: the writer, in the process of imagining this dialogue and typing it down. Or is it the other way around? Might it be that those two characters over there tell him what he's putting down on paper: a long, final dialogue between a man and a woman?
Author Peter Handke visited the shoot only for one day. Director Wim Wenders took the opportunity to cast him as 'The Gardener', because it's a role close to him. Handke does all the gardening at his house near Paris himself.
Rehearsals with the actors took several weeks and were done at the actual filming location.
The filming location is an estate that once belonged to the famous French silent film star Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). She lived there at the beginning of the 20th century. The garden was designed according to her ideas.
This is the first French language film Wim Wenders has directed. Peter Handke's original stage play was written in French, too.
Wim Wenders said that the jukebox and the songs have the function of a "Greek chorus" in his film. They are not part of Peter Handke's original stage play.
The title was taken from the frequently quoted opening line of Friedrich Schiller's historical tragedy "Don Carlos" (1787).
Shot in only 10 days on a low budget.
According to Wim Wenders this was the first 3D film Peter Handke ever saw and he was "irritated" by it. He prefers the 2D version.
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