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Stratosphere Girl (2004)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery | 9 September 2004 (Germany)
Enter a dark, dangerous world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. Angela is 18, a stunning Dutch blonde, a comic illustrator, and bored with life. Eager for adventure, ... See full summary »

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Chloé Winkel ...
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Yamamoto
Rebecca Palmer ...
Rachel
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Monika
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Polly
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Ella
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Kruilman
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Oshima
Peggy Jane de Schepper ...
Larissa
Alan Westaway ...
Scotty
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Papa-San
Mette Louise Holland ...
Ingrid (as Mette-Louise Holland)
Monika Strzelczyk ...
Tanya
Oona Spengler ...
Russian Girl
Akemi Otani ...
Mama-San
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Enter a dark, dangerous world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. Angela is 18, a stunning Dutch blonde, a comic illustrator, and bored with life. Eager for adventure, she moves to Tokyo to become a bar hostess for Asian men who like Western women. An innocent in this sexual underworld, she confronts sleazy customers, jealous co-workers and a mystery: the disappearance of a former hostess. As she discovers clues, she sketches them out in comic-strip style, and slowly begins to confuse what she knows with what she draws. Written by AnonymousB

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Drama | Mystery

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Businessman 2: Is it true, you're just sixteen?
Angela: No, I'm fifteen.
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At the end of the credits, you can read "No blondes were harmed in the production of this motion picture" See more »

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Like A Virgin
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Written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
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Reinventing the Hitchcockian thriller
12 March 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

To fully get this movie, it helps to know how it was conceived. Director/writer M.X.O was sitting on a plane when a gorgeous blonde took the seat next to him. She had a black eye. Eventually she told him her story which loosely served as the plot of Stratosphere Girl. At the same time he had been working on a different idea about an artist who tells & experiences a story through drawing.

The point is that this film is two distinctly different ideas melded into one excellent & artistic film. On the surface it's a straightforward story (the tale of the blonde with a black eye), but within that story--as well as surrounding that story--is the story of an artist simultaneously creating & experiencing a fantasy. The mixture of these two approaches was brilliantly executed with stylish, slightly disorienting visuals which convey the feeling of detachment and exclusion that the heroine feels. The mood is cold & sterile, vividly recreating a feeling you may recognize if you've ever been alone in a foreign country. So much of this film rests on feelings like that, moods & experiences that may resonate within you. It creates a very memorable atmosphere like in a Wim Wenders film or maybe even the movie "The Usual Suspects" (note: I'm talking about mood, not plot!).

The story takes a very slick twist toward the end which gives us a lot to munch on. It's not an overt M.Night Shyamalan gimmick but rather a clever & subtle detour that'll keep you thinking for hours afterward. I was very pleasantly surprised by this obscure gem, and I'll be keeping an eye out for this director's works in the future.


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