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Vicco von Bülow,
Vicco von Bülow,
Achim Bornhak's movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but soon becomes the "it girl" of Munich's club scene. When she gets to know Rainer Langhans, they move to Berlin and live in "Kommune 1", the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. While the other occupants claim she isn't political enough, Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars in temptation... Written by
In Paris that summer, the students wrote "Power to the imagination" on the walls. In San Francisco they danced in the streets, and fought for what had become their way of life. And I was at home in Sendling, a suburb of Munich. I felt I died a slow and never-ending death that day. The only thing that kept me alive was the music. Without that, I would have died. Or worse, I would have turned into my parents. But music alone wouldn't get me out of Senling. That much was clear to me. ...
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This film describes itself as telling the story of Uschi Obermaier, a 1968 "icon" in the "student revolts". What it in fact shows is that she was nothing more than a girl with a good figure trying to make it out of small-town Bavaria. Apart from making money doing photo shoots and living in the Kommune I for a while, she did not do anything worthwhile for the movement. And this all the film cares to show us as well. Most of the film is actually based on her frustrating and uninteresting relationship with a guy from St.Pauli with whom she drives around in a van with for most of the film. Her thick accent is way too exaggerated, her non- acting tedious and the overall story predictable. The film is full of clichés from the 60s like free love and rock 'n roll and are not explored in any new or interesting way. Add to this the bad remake of the song 'Summer Wine" which is over-played incessantly during the film renders this a very poor 2 out of 10.
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