I've just seen "Die Blume der Hausfrau" on the German Film Festival in London. Really great! This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen before. It's about a group of door-to-door salesman who try to sell vacuum cleaners from "Vorwerk", a german manufacturer.
What impressed me most, were the costumers of the salesmen. They are just ordinary people (mostly housewives) living in the area of the south-german cities Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg, but whose behavings while they had been shown the hoovers and its additional components in most cases could just be described as bizarre and absurd. Sometimes Beckett and Lonesco hadn't been able to write better dialogues.
Director Dominic Wessely omitted any commentaries. By doing so, he was able to shorten the distance between the audience and the salesmen on the screen. Looking at them, how they present themselves in front of the housewives and, how they talked during their breaks in a little cafe, you were never quite sure whether to take them serious, or not. However, at the end of the film you feel somehow familiar with them. That's the big achievement of the film and the director.
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