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Wholetrain (2006)

This feature length documentary takes a look at the graffiti movement, and the young people who populate the niche culture. Following four such artists as they shape the graffiti community ... See full summary »

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Florian Gaag

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Florian Gaag
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Adler ... David
Florian Renner Florian Renner ... Tino
Elyas M'Barek ... Elyas
Jacob Matschenz ... Achim
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Polizist Steinbauer
Patrick von Blume Patrick von Blume ... Polizist Gruber
David Mayonga David Mayonga ... Don
Vincenzo Rosso Vincenzo Rosso ... Müller
Kristina Karst ... Dina
Karina Fallenstein ... Mutter Tino
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ... Alexandra
Naomi Knopf Naomi Knopf ... Tamara
Ditte Schupp Ditte Schupp ... Mutter Achim
Talin Lopez Talin Lopez ... Indio
Sergej Lubic Sergej Lubic ... Roma
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This feature length documentary takes a look at the graffiti movement, and the young people who populate the niche culture. Following four such artists as they shape the graffiti community through both their art and their interactions, the film tells the story of how the foursome's decision to paint an entire train would affect their lives forever.

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Soundtracks

Crazy Visions
Written by Jared Lee Taylor and Florian Gaag
Performed by Jared Lee Taylor (as Grand Agent)
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A fantastic piece of underground Germany
13 March 2007 | by abes33See all my reviews

I saw this at the 13th Bradford Film Festival in Yorkshire, England. Due to a serious lack of proper publicity (on the festival's behalf), only six or seven people showed up to the screening. This is a crying shame, because the film is great on so many levels.

For a debut, Gaag has made an amazing piece on a subject sparsely covered in cinema. The characters are complex, well-written human beings and not just there as a backdrop to the graffiti writing. The whole cast give truly natural and intense performances; the main four writers (a crew of ethnic and native backgrounds) showing a deep passion for their art. The film could also be seen as an exposé on the ridiculous stance the German government (and governments world-wide) take on this subject. We gain real sympathy for these characters as their lives are torn apart, mainly because the authorities choose to make life so hard for them.

The cinematography was spot on: a gritty yet delicate portrayal of life on the under-ground. Yet through the grey, dusky palette we get bursts of colour that literally "burn" off the writers' canvases. The train sequences really are joy to behold.

The subject matter of the film should not be seen as a deterrent to spectators unfamiliar with the world of graffiti writing. I for one am no aficionado on the subject, but was drawn in and captivated through-out. The sound-track, also composed by Gaag, really is the icing on the cake and is a glorious testament to the 6/7 years of work he has put in to this film. I implore you to give it a chance - you will not be disappointed.


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Country:

Germany | Poland

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 October 2006 (Germany) See more »

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Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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$43,829
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