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I have not seen many movies that have to offer so much of everything: great laughs, heart, bitter satire, slapstick and also a serious side.
The two main characters are played by the 2 guys who originally wrote the theatre play "Indien" and who also adapted the script for the movie....it is really a piece of art....and so much fun to watch!
It is full of comedy, tragedy, philosophy and pure typical Austrian maliciousness. Unfortunately you will not understand most of the intelligent jokes if you are not Austrian, and that not only because of the language (the film had to be subtitled in most of Germany). It is nevertheless a wonderful and very enjoyable movie but mostly for people that know Austria and its people.
For some reason reviews need to be 10 lines of text now, despite all the previous excellent and helpful ones for this film being less. So we write some extra stuff here in hopes that that the kind moderator can remove them in interests of not clogging up the fine, pithy reviews for a fine, pithy film with a lot of unnecessary and burdening words.. :-)
A very funny film about Men-Friendship, Reincarnation and Low-Class-Philosophy.....
I personally thought there was more good than bad in this 85-minute movie. There were scenes for sure that did not feel too authentic in terms of how they did not really know each other for a long time and I am not sure if I really felt the strong connection that they wanted us to believe in. And then there are some individual scenes that the film could have done without, such as Dorfer's character's anger breakdown about why he is the one who got it towards the end. I know this one in particular was intended as an emotional highlight, but I cannot say I felt it was authentic or just fit in in terms of the characters' actions and reactions. But this is just personal perception and others may think completely different about this scene and maybe not like some of the scenes that I quite enjoyed. Which were quite a few and not just the ending (about reincarnation). All in all, this was a good, but not great movie. You may want to check it out if you like dramatic comedies or just Austrian films in general.