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A lot of the film's success may have to do with the lead performance by Manuel Rubey. I saw he got cast very shortly before shooting started, but I am sure Stadlober would have been nowhere near as good as Rubey. He literally becomes Falco, even if it helps of course that the costumes were spot-on and that he can hide his eyes behind a pair of sunglasses, just like Falco always did. Oh and lets not forget the music. I have to say the lyrics of Falco's songs are really nothing special to me and it was fitting how one of his hits got called a children song on one occasion. But the melody makes them catchy and Falco's charisma helps really a lot too. He may not have been the most gifted artist, but he certainly was one of the most unique and he built a pretty huge career on his style and individual approach and this also elevated his music by a whole lot. I think this was a good watch. It almost never dragged, which is always a strong achievement for such a runtime. Here we have a film that does justice to the human being that Falco was. I certainly recommend the watch. Also fun to see Tramitz in a serious supporting role here. I don't know any of the other actors, except Bond girl Grace Jones who makes a brief appearance very early.
The film shock opens with Grace Jones telling about the horror in what happened when he tragically died. Just after we go back to his childhood years when he played organ in the church, and becoming a school dropout dreaming of being a new Elvis.
The film is different and interesting all the way, and manages to capture a life often in chaos. Falco is fabulously portrayed here, by Manuel Rubey as an ingenious but also very insecure and sometimes quite opposite, emotionally and artistic unstable artist.
The film manages to tell the story of sex,drugs and rock'n'roll in an original way, steering outside the clichés that makes a film like this boring. The telling rhythm which is very different, and baffles you a bit. The story is still mostly chronologically told, but gives short glimpses to the end so you realize the end is nearer than you would think during the whole film.
The film is scattered with his hit songs, adding a lot of 80'ies nostalgia, which for me adds to the pleasure. Recommended watch.