"Not A Love Song" is one of those films that bursts with good intentions, but never manages to get any clear message across. Besides, there is not much to like about this film anyway, although the premise is rather strong and the film deals with some tough issues such as racism, apathy and unemployment.
Unfortunately, the story of Bruno, a young man who is desperate to find his place in the world, is told in such an unappealing manner and the film is filled with so many unlikeable characters, that it is really hard to feel any sympathy for any of the characters. Even Bruno, the protagonist, is nothing more than a rude, lazy slob.
The low production values, talky script, mediocre performances en drab black-and-white photography do nothing to enhance the viewing pleasure. "Not A Love Song" tries to be ambitious and provoking, but is eventually buried by its depressing mood and gray looks.
If you'd like to see what German cinema can do for you, try "Bin Ich Schön", by Doris Dörrie, or just re-watch "Lola Rennt". "Not A Love Song" is not a film I would recommend. 2/10
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