Said the director of this film: "DESPAIR comes from the awareness that in everyone's life there comes a point where not only the mind but the body, too, understands that it's over. I want to go on with my life, but there will be no new feelings or experiences for me. At this point people
start to rearrange their lives." Set in Berlin in the 1930s, DESPAIR stars Bogarde as the Nabokovian Russian emigree owner of a chocolate factory who is unhappy with the monotony of his life. Hoping to escape the trap of his dull existence and the advent of the Nazis, he flees from himself. One
day, on a business trip, he meets a man who he is convinced is his double (although the ...