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Reine Geschmacksache (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 August 2007 (Germany)
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Wolfgang Zenker, a middle-aged traveling ladies' fashion salesman is in dire straits: his deadly rival is threatening to steal his best customers and he's lost his driver's license. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wolfgang Zenker
Franziska Walser ...
Erika Zenker
Gottfried Breitfuss ...
Polizist Gerhardt (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Marcus Michalski ...
Horst / Reinigungsangestellte
Lara Beckmann ...
Janna Wangenbach ...
Susanne Rasper ...
Frau Franzen
Elert Bode ...
Herr Schiller
Frau Pfeiffer
Frau Retzlaff (as Irm Herrmann)
Banker Harald Topfmöller


Wolfgang Zenker, a middle-aged traveling ladies' fashion salesman is in dire straits: his deadly rival is threatening to steal his best customers and he's lost his driver's license. Desperate to stay one step ahead of his young enemy salesman, he cancels his son's holiday and employs him as an unwilling chauffeur. Things go from bad to worse - the bank is after him, the taxman catches up with him, his wife leaves him, his son announces he's gay and falls in love with his father's rival! Family and foe meet in an uproarious showdown where the bullets and misunderstandings fly.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 August 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A divat áldozata  »


Box Office


€800,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite its English title "Fashion Victims", the original title in German was: "Reine Geschmacksache". When translated from original German the film's title literally means: "A Matter of Good Taste" which is far more appropriate for the film story. See more »

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A German Take on the French Farce
22 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

FASHION VICTIMS (Reine Geschmacksache) is an entertaining little film that seems to have its roots in the French farce genre: characters running topsy turvy into situations that include hidden identities, well paced plans that go awry for odd reasons, and in general a healthy look at human foibles. Writers Tom Streuber and Ingo Rasper (who also directs) have dished up this confection with just the right amount of social comment, interpersonal relationship challenges, business antics, and family disasters to keep the comedy moving. And fortunately they have a fine cast of excellent actors to assure its success.

Grumpy egocentric Wolfgang Zenker (Edgar Selge) is first a clothing line salesman in the fashion industry and second an abusive husband to Erika (Franziska Walser) and his closeted son Karsten (Florian Bartholomäi), a young lad who yearns to go off to university to study Spanish but is shamed into being a driver for his father when the police reveal that Wolfgang has a suspended license. One of Wolfgang's business competitors Steven Brookmüller (Roman Knizka), a handsome young man with an eye for Karsten, parts company with Wolfgang - a fact that begins a chase of boutique visits and competition that alienates Wolfgang even further from his son and wife. When Wolfgang's true financial picture is as bleak as possible, both Erika (encouraged by her single girlfriend Brigitta (Traute Höss) and Karsten elect to indulge in their own futures, and in a series of hilarious accidents the lives of all the characters collide and change.

Fast paced, well photographed, and warmly acted, FASHION VICTIMS is a fun film that though it is listed as a gay movie, there is little in the story other than some momentary suggestions to deserve that label. This is a fun farce that should find a wide audience seeking a little escape from reality! Grady Harp

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