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Highly manipulative and boring as hell...
Levy from Germany
29 July 2004
The doping case about Dieter Baumann is still a mystery, yet director
Diethard Klante tries to make a case for his innocence. A former
training partner is introduced as the main suspect, while not once the
question is raised whether Baumann or his wife manipulated the
toothpaste themselves. Klante doesn't even avoid the most manipulative
methods of film-making. Take one scene for example when Baumann brings
his little daughter to bed and she says that all the other kids are
making fun of her, because her father used doping. He says "I'm sorry"
and she replies "You don't have to. I know that you are not a doper".
If you add to this that no one else than Baumann himself was used as a
technical adviser on this movie, you know how credible is it. And as if
the manipulation was not bad enough, the movie is a complete borefest.
For a movie that has running in its title, there are surprisingly few
running scenes and Baumann's olympic triumph in 1992 isn't even
mentioned. Meyer does his best in playing Baumann, but Sophie Rois as
his wife Isabelle is just terrible and Diethard Klante, who has shown
many times that he can't direct a decent movie, gives us a story that
just drags along and not once gets the viewer emotionally drawn into
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