„Ein Irrsal trat in die Mondscheingärten einer einst heiligen Liebe“
The german word „Irrsal“ is difficult to translate. It means a sort of emotional disorientation, a sense of being lost in emotion. The german poet-priest Eduard Mörike uses this expression in a poem, dedicated to an enigmatically beautiful women with whom he had a love affair.
Love and devotion, guilt and redemption are the themes of the 12 Mörike orchestral songs by Hugo Wolf. The triangle of innocent love, erotic love and religious love is the subject of a film triptych by Clara Pons.
A priest is thrown off his path after the encounter with a young woman. Lost in the labyrinth of desire he goes through temptation, devotion, voluptuousness and remorse. Seeking repentance he tries to follow the example of the passion of Jesus.