Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is ... See full summary »
Collage of dramatic scenes, some exaggerated to comic effect, with asynchronous sound from well known classic, operatic, and rock and roll music - with different approaches to love, suffering, and death.
When Hollywood was already producing the first blockbuster classics like Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark in the late seventies and early eighties, German cinemas only saw three kinds of own film productions on their screens - stupid nonsense comedies, successful softsex films like the "Schulmadchenreport" or "Lass jucken Kumpel" series and boring and message-ladden post-1968 "auteur movies". The latter section contained some very good films, though, but most of these sometimes badly-made student films without any scripts and plots were really a big thing amongst German film critics (who were probably the only audience to that).
The pointless "Tag der Idioten" from 1982 is such a movie. The non-story tells us something about a crazy woman who is looking for contact and checks out some new ways of life restlessly, like staying in an asylum, but finally she can't decide and commits suicide. This is basically what it's all about, and the whole apocalyptic view on life, a general topic of those times of left-winged/communist terrorism and the rise of alternative lifestyles all over Europe, becomes increasingly disturbing and boring to the spectators at the same time.
Two persons are worth being mentioned in this connection. Main actress Carole Boquet just starred in this German b-movie a few months after her big role as Bond girl (!) in the James Bond adventure "For Your Eyes Only" with Roger Moore, and script writer Dana Horakova later became the Minister of Culture in the conservative and right-winged city council of Hamburg from 2001-2004. Unbelievable but true!
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