Synopsis by Hal Erickson
1976's Coup de Grace (released in Germany as Der Fangschluss) was inspired by a Marguerite Yourcenar novel and directed by Volker Schlondorff. The story is set in Latvia in 1919, at the height of the Soviet Civil War. Margarethe von Trotta plays an aristocrat sympathetic to the Communist cause. Besides her ruinous habit of falling love with men who do not love her, Margarethe's tragic flaw is her refusal to acknowledge the cost of the revolution in terms of human lives.
war, against-all-odds, bomb, execution, friendship, history, life-changes, love, occupation [military], officer, revolution, sabotage, servant, soldier, unrequited, bridge [structure], coup