8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Hilarious and intelligent
GMeleJr from Miami & Sao Paulo, BR
29 October 2005
This modestly produced film from Switzerland is both hilarious and
intelligent. The film's low budget does unfortunately show in its
production values. But no matter. The result is one of the most
original and funniest films in the S. Paulo Film Festival. The picture
also addresses serious issues regarding Switzerland in general, and its
artists in particular. The wonderful use of the Swiss-German dialect is
another original feature, though it may be lost for viewers not
familiar with the issue.
That said, it's not for everyone obviously, and that's perhaps the
film's biggest statement; that any film to be financed and get made
requires a huge compromise so it can "be for everyone", more or less.
This message is expressed in a script where 2 veteran actors want to
make a new, different Swiss film. So, they set off in search of a
They seek the writer, director and producer of the film itself -
Clemens Klopfenstein, who sits as a juror in this year's S. Paulo Film
Festival where I screened the film yesterday. And his character uses
his own real name in the movie.
The two middle age decadent actors have worked with the director
(decades ago), and after a wild ride from German-speaking to Italian
speaking Switzerland, they find him & try to convince him of this new
idea for a film. It would an epic road movie across Africa, with
beautiful women, and other exotic and wild details.
The production would be a sequence to a successful film they made 10
years before - The Silence of Men. But the two cannot persuade him to
accept their idea. On the contrary, both are persuaded to perform in
the director's new feature with a religious theme entitled St Francis
Birds Tour, in which Ursula Andress delivers an interesting cameo as
the Virgin Mary.
For a screen test, the actors are dressed as monks, & taken to a forest
which is literally a labyrinth. It does not take them too long to find
out that, in reality, they have fallen into a trap. The director
disappears as though by magic, and they find themselves lost, with no
idea of how to find their way out. With this unfortunate but hilarious
situation, the plot of the film really takes off and leads to the
absurd, but very funny conclusion, which I won't spoil for you, of
course. Definitely a 10 in my book.
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