I don't really get the reviews. What's amateurish about the film? Peter Bringmann is hardly an amateur but a highly competent and professional TV director. The Heartbreakers is a very entertaining coming of age story, very charmingly told with a very good screenplay and scenes you remember years after watching it. It's good to see a director crediting working class people with creativity and dignity- long before The Commitments. Most of all, the film is a very lovingly put together period piece in which every detail is just right. Normally I'm not a fan of films set in this area of Germany as I don't quite like romanticising an essentially ugly part of the country but there is no false nostalgia here. It's rough, it's dirty, it's ugly- it's real.
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