SENNENTUNTSCHI: Curse of the Alps

Well, today the curse of the Alps is definitely this hot warm wind, called Föhn – it makes me tired and drives me crazy at the same time! But then I remember that beautifully executed, amazing little movie I saw yesterday on Swiss TV: SENNENTUNTSCHI (The Curse of the Alps), first released in 2010. Set in that mountainous part of eastern Switzerland where people still speak ancient Rhaetian-Roman, where myths and ancient folklore are whispered from tree to tree, a little girl finds a skeleton and a strange young woman appears in the narrow streets right in the middle of the stone houses of a Rhaetian village … The rumour goes that this woman is a demon who has been killing people since the middle ages. The story is amazingly photographed, the alpine scenario for once shown as it is for most of the year – not so much sunshine, but clouds creeping up the rock surfaces. A land of harsh weather and harsher people. And just when I think that everything is explained nicely there is that lingering sense of doubt – something was awry in this wrap up. I’ll HAVE to see this film again. Darn! That’s exactly what I expect of a good horror story.

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I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.


  1. Yep, that language is nowhere near German, it’s Swiss German. The translation is correct, I guarantee you that 🙂

  2. this language sound funny … no clue what they are speaking anf if the translation is correct.

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