BEHOLDER is inspired by the notebooks and letters of painter Paula Modersohn-Becker and her friend poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The script also takes inspiration from Rilke's poem Requiem for a Friend.
A love story on many levels, BEHOLDER explores how Paula's continually evolving relationship to her work is reflected in her relationship to herself and to the people in her life.
A year after Modersohn-Becker's death, Rilke sequestered himself in his room for three nights, and wrote the 259 line poem Requiem for a Friend. The poem is an outcry against her death, as well as a tribute to her ...Read More