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Teenage Angst (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 29 January 2009 (Germany)
At an elite private boarding school, four students form a clique to sneak out of school after hours, to meet, drink and play. Trying to escape the golden cage, which their wealthy parents ... See full summary »

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Dyrbusch
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At an elite private boarding school, four students form a clique to sneak out of school after hours, to meet, drink and play. Trying to escape the golden cage, which their wealthy parents have stuck them in, they search for the extreme. Over time, their excessive games grow more and more violent, eventually turning against the weakest of their group: Leibnitz. As Dyrbusch (leader of the pack) and Bogatsch (the executive power) continue torturing Leibnitz, he voluntarily endures because he's unable to dispose of his tormentors, on one hand being afraid to lose their "friendship," and on the other hand, due to potential consequences which may arise from his parents. Konstantin, the opportunist, is the only one who sees through the immorality of their games, but he hesitates too long, not wishing to endanger the alleged common destiny that the boys in this school appear to have: their clique. They are swept deeper and deeper into the downward spiral of their own violence and peer ... Written by Anonymous / TrivWhiz

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12 December 2014 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

As another reviewer stated, the story idea had potential, but the production failed to deliver.

In the synopsis we're told that the setting is an elite border (boarding?) school where a group of four students form a clique. A "clique" would suggest that there was some effort to exclude others, but there didn't seem to be any others about the school to exclude.

Elite or otherwise, there was little evidence that it was actually even a school … few students other than the main four, no teachers and no classes. And there was little to suggest that it was elite aside from the vague notion that the boys came from wealthy, privileged homes and that the school appeared to be in a derelict castle.

The only faculty member was a creepy, slovenly bearded creature whose main function was to give students breathalyzer tests & to rummage through their rooms and who became decidedly unhinged in his efforts to obtain a urine sample from one student. I was never quite clear whether he was meant to be the head of school, a counselor or a teacher … or possibly all of the above since no one else was manning the establishment.

There was no evident reason why these four students would feel the urge to form a clique or why they would feel compelled to maintain it other than the fact there seemed no one else around with whom they could become friends. On a couple of occasions a few other boys were seen running, presumably as part of their physical education program, but otherwise the school and dormitory were eerily vacant.

The idea that our four characters had varying unfulfilled social needs (hardly what most people would think of as teenage angst) and that over time their relationships and behavior towards one another became progressively cruel, exploitative and sociopathic was never developed, it just happened. Left to their own devices and largely unsupervised, their little alliance supposedly went horribly wrong, in the style of The Lord of the Flies I suppose, but in the Lord of the Flies you observed the metamorphosis and saw things unravel. In this case it was just four incompatible, socially challenged boys maintaining a mini-fraternity for no apparent reason.

The idea that the one student who suffered the most from the association did so in the hope of finding acceptance and friendship was never convincing nor was the idea that they found enjoyment in drink and drugs.

The dramatic ending to this story was even more bizarre than all that preceded it, involving the creepy faculty member determined to obtain a urine sample. It had virtually no cause and effect relationship to the machinations of the "clique" and was largely irrelevant to the presumed point of the story.

Quite a disappointment.


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