Dresen manages to show the dilemma of contemporary politics: Wichmann's election campaign confronts him with the problems of society, but this doesn't alter his political views at all. Even when he is speechless by the misery he observes, he does not question his own role. Politics thus remains a game played among candidates, while the electorate takes the role of bored audience or joins in in the most bizarre manner. Wichmann, while devoted to his campaign (and at least to some of his ideas), not only learns to become part of this game, he doesn't even realize the game is flawed. Dresen's directing is brilliant, as he strictly adheres to the "show, don't tell"-rule and refrains from any voice-over commentary.
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