Eight-year-old Matthias dreams that he will someday become a pilot and his divorced parents will get back together. He waits yearningly for his ninth birthday because his father has told ...
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Eight-year-old Matthias dreams that he will someday become a pilot and his divorced parents will get back together. He waits yearningly for his ninth birthday because his father has told him the story of Icarus, and promised to take him on a sightseeing flight. When Matthias' father doesn't come home, he is devastated. He runs throughout the city, talks to his friend about the relationships of adults, looks for his father at his desk, and gets himself into conflict with the police. As he sits alone on the roof of a house, he comes to the conclusion that Icarus didn't plummet to the earth because he didn't listen to his father, but rather because his father had forgotten him. Written by
DEFA Film Library
I am a fan of Heiner Carow. He has directed some beautiful films. I had high expectations for this film, but was disappointed. "Ikarus" was a "B" film. The editing, cinematography, and score were deplorable. The scenes often lacked continuity and purpose. Scenes were spliced haphazardly together with no fade. Fred Delmare, a celebrated actor in the GDR, was portrayed as a "sleazy old man". His scene with Mathias's mother was questionable in purpose and unexplained. It was reminiscent of acting in a bad porno.
I do realize that DEFA studios were primitive and limited, however other DEFA films were beautifully crafted. Limited resources are no excuse. The movie production was rushed and careless. Some of the writing and acting, however, showed some promise. "Ikarus" would have been a higher quality film if made with more care and effort.
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