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"Clubbed to Death " (called "Lola in Technoland" in Germany) is a typical French movie - it's about music, it's about youth, it's about desire and about the nineties. A young French girl misses her bus and is led to a suburban techno music club by accident where she faces the electronic dance music culture as well as a big love affair. That's the whole plot, but it's enough, as many French movies don't have much contents - but have many things to tell and a big impact on the viewers.
"Lola in Technoland" lives from its many impressions about love and music - actually there are not even many action and dialogues going on, but the music (mainly electronic dance and trance grooves) accompanies the heroine's trip through the clubbing world and love affairs. It's very well photographed and shows a permanent atmosphere of emptiness, desires and longings. There isn't the typical hectic setting of a bright and loud and battered dance club, but the locations rather appear a surreal suburban dreamscape at night.
On the good side, this movie is stunning, impressive, groovy, erotic and a contemporary French answer to the British "Trainspotting" cinema, but without the noise, tempo, words, lights and violence. On the bad side, it's just a well-done music video clip, soft sex movie and background visual for closing your eyes and chilling out on your sofa - or in the club of your choise. Anyway, it's an outstanding French film and a very stylish insight into the clubbing scene of the nineties with a brilliant sound track!
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