Two things are established in the very first shots. One, the film is set in late-Cold War Berlin, the still-intact Berlin Wall ever in the background. Two, married couple Mark (Sam Neill) and Anna (Isabelle Adjani) aren’t getting along. He returns home from a long business trip, hoping for reconciliation; she doesn’t even let him get off the sidewalk out front before she makes clear she’s not having it. She won’t, or can’t, explain why, and he can’t take it. She disappears, coming and going from their apartment without warning. He dissolves into unshaven despondency before evidence of another man stokes his hurt and rage. Screaming fights ensue, and not the relatively polite shouting matches of most domestic dramas—we’re talking vocal cords shredded, furniture up-ended, blows thrown, eventually a bit of blood.