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Elsie de Brauw,
Hella is around 30 and works in a pharmacy. She is waiting for the right man to step into her life, but as she has a certain affinity for losers, she is kind of disillusionized. When she gets to know Levin, a dentist student who likes cars most, her dreams seem to come true. Levin has a very rich grandfather who likes her at first glance. The old man thinks of changing his last will to the condition that Levin has to marry Hella in order to inherit his fortunes. Like in a fairy-tale the door to a new life opens for Hella, but can she take it? Written by
Made me look at the story from another point of view
Wow! This is the first time I find that a movie and the book it is based upon perfectly complement one another. I read Ingrid Noll's novel and I liked it but something disturbed me. Now I know what it is. The book had an unnecessary feminist undertone, it tried to demonstrate female power a bit too explicitly.
By leaving out the frame story with the old woman in hospital whom Hella tells her story to, this undertone disappears in Rainer Kaufmann's excellent film version. The two guys, Levin and Dieter, are still the losers, of course, and Hella is the triumphant but that alone doesn't make her out to be some female heroine. I was able to see the same story from a completely different point of view: as nothing else but simply a dark, cruel crime drama, full of suspense and some humour, not unauthentic but still rather un-German (in fact, German humour is not exactly what Austrians like).
Romantic comedy star Katja Riemann may have been a complete failure but she gives quite a convincing performance. Jürgen Vogel overacts a little bit, but for Richy Müller the perfectly unlikeable prole Dieter could have been his best role ever.
I don't know whether the movie was released in the United States and if it was kind of successful, but I'd like to recommend it to everybody. I think even Americans who don't normally like European movies could enjoy it. Only if you get sick easily, you should at least look away once or twice. There are some really disgusting scenes.
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