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Always Crashing in the Same Car (2001)

Janine, Tom and Pete have lost interest to break up the equanimity of their parents a long time ago. Their dazed souls are searching to feel themselves. To achieve this, everything is ... See full summary »

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Natascha Hockwin ...
Janine
Daniel Jeroma ...
Tom
Benjamin Strecker ...
Piet
Julia Weden ...
Sonya
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Fred
Michele Tichawsky ...
Amelie
Michael Stiller ...
Volker
Maria Gräfe ...
Marianne
Hannah Scheibe ...
Junge Frau
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Junger Mann
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Janine, Tom and Pete have lost interest to break up the equanimity of their parents a long time ago. Their dazed souls are searching to feel themselves. To achieve this, everything is possible for the three children coming from rich families. They stage pain and degradation and they attack the steril peace of their parents with vicious, hypocritical plays. Janine pretends to be raped by her father. She screams, she cries, she whimpers, she implores, she even hurts herself but she gets no reaction from her mother. Immediatly she pulls the next register. She tells her father that his wife is having an affair with a manual worker. Again # no reaction. The attempt to work up her parents against each other fades away into nothing. Nearly the same story happens to Tom # who tries to break his parents tolerance with a shrill perfomance. This kind of play # even among eachother - is their only way of expressing themselves. Nothing is real and only increasement brings some thrill. But their ... Written by Ulrich Schwarz

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Provoking short film attacking rich parents
22 January 2003 | by (Leonberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The three friends Janine, Tom and Pete have an unsatisfied need for their parents to love and see them. They do whatever it takes to get any reaction, even if it's not a loving one. They are teenagers, children of wealthy German middle and upper-class parents. They have everything they want in terms of money but their parents - with their helpless egoism - refuse to give them attention. Their reaction is extreme. Janine lies to her mother that her father abused her sexually, Tom provokes his parents by dressing as a woman and demanding a gender transformation. They are desperate to break through the liveless passitivity of their environment. In my opinion, their parents' reaction to these faked incidents is even more extreme.

The only negative point about this film is that it's only a short film. The script and the idea behind it is amazing and the social background is very realistic indeed. So why only 16 minutes? This could have been an amazing indie feature film.


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