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Blue Moon (2002)

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After screwing up a money exchange a Viennese small-time crook accompanied by a Russian hostess hits the road to the East.


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Credited cast:
Josef Hader ...
Johnny Pichler
Victoria Malektorovych ...
Shirley (Dana) / Jana
Detlev Buck ...
Ignaz Springer
Ivan Laca ...
Kovacic / Autohändler
Peter Aczel ...
Car Dealer
Andrea Karnasová ...
Emöke Vinczeová ...
Orest Ogorodnik ...
Jewgenij Pazukin
Sergey Romanyuk
Alla Maslenikova ...
Ekaterina Volkova ...
Teacher's Daughter (as Katya Volkova)
Boris Georgievskiy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bogdan Andruch ...
Horovitz Kaput Mann
Ladislav Buocik ...
Mann mit Kinderdreirad
Jaroslav Duris ...
Mann mit Hut


Austrian small time crook Johnny Pichler meets a dubious 'businessman' at the Slovak border to hand over a wad of cash. Things do not go as planned and suddenly Johnny is on the run with callgirl Shirley, the money and the gangster's Cadilliac. After several fruitless attempts to sell the car, Shirley dumps Johnny, who has hopelessly fallen in love with her. Based on an address on a photo, Johnny decides to search for her in Lviv in the Ukraine. Written by Armin Ortmann <>

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8 November 2002 (Austria)  »

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Blue Moon
Music Composed by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Arranged and Performed by Christian Fennesz
Sung by Ali Gaggl
Courtesy of EURO MUSIC
Musikverlag GesmbH, Wien
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A brilliant Eastern!
28 August 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The auspicious directorial debut from Viennese columnist Andrea Maria Dusl, this road movie which takes Eastern Europe as its subject, should have no problem finding receptive audiences in German-speaking countries. In particular, the presence of Josef Hader, one of Vienna's top cabaret acts, and Detlev Buck, a leading German actor-director, will certainly strike a chord. But with careful handling, Dusl's portrait of the former socialist empire, as seen through concerned but often amused contemporary Western eyes, should be able to reach beyond these cultural barriers to the overseas arthouse circuit. Certainly the performance of Viktoria Malektorovych deserves a wider international audience.

Opening with an innocent-looking shot of the Odessa Steps, one of cinema's most celebrated locations thanks to Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, the film traces the love story between a Ukrainian girl (Viktoria Malektorovych) full of surprises and an Austrian man (Josef Hader) she meets by accident. Started haltingly and on a whim, it blossoms as the couple move further and further into the east, from Austria to Slovakia and then all the way through the Ukraine, via Lviv, Kiev, down to the Black Sea and Odessa. A third character, a fast-talking German conman (Detlev Buck) down on his luck, joins in for stretches of the road to flesh out the film's comments about the transitions taking place in this part of the world.

Originally conceived as a series of shorts about Eastern Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Dusl felt her purpose would be much better served by combining them into one feature film. The plot that ties them together is pleasant, although at times come across as a bit loose, occasionally resorting to arbitrary subterfuges to keep the story afloat. But then what counts here is the writer/director's reflections on what she feels is still terra incognita for many of her fellow Westerners. Somewhere, between the strict political system of the past and the sudden freedom, chaos and corruption of the present, East Europeans are trying to find their own way of coping with the new economy, the new morality and the old habits, from which they have not entirely divested themselves.

Collecting incidents that she obviously feels reflect on the bigger picture, Dusl's notes are always sympathetic, and often astute and entertaining. Metaphors, such as the unfenced sheep which refuse to run away unless someone persuades them to or a money-obsessed girl who keeps communist artefacts in her home, are often used to re-enforce the message. Additional commentary is provided by nuggets of grandma's wisdom introduced in the narration and by the constantly running video camera, used to expand or underline certain points.

The star of the show is undoubtedly Viktoria Malektorovych, a young Ukrainian actress whose expressive face and body language do wonders for the lead role and hold the film together. Hader's laid-back, effectively understated performance and Buck's typically extrovert rascal offer all the support that she needs.

Screen International's Dan Fainaru in Locarno 05 August 2002

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