Roger is a young, dashing banker full of boyish self-confidence. He has a highly successful business, smuggling black money across the border for reinvestment. But then a split second ...
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Roger is a young, dashing banker full of boyish self-confidence. He has a highly successful business, smuggling black money across the border for reinvestment. But then a split second reaction changes his entire life. Flagged down one day by a customs officers, Roger loses his cool and makes a run for it. His only means of escape: diving headlong into Lake Constance, thereby catapulting himself out of his life as a banker and into a totally new universe, populated with shy mermaids decked out in Lara Croft gear, and cunning magpie witches in helicopters. As in a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, Roger has to pass three tests to cast off the witchâs curse and find happiness. His underwater journey through an intoxicatedly beautiful Switzerland is enhanced by the enchanting songs of sirens â" a fable full of lust for life and love.Written by
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid", "I was a Swiss Banker" is a light-hearted gem of a summer movie. The story, set in an enchanted version of present-day Switzerland, is a lot less sombre than the fairy tale it is loosely based on. The prince is a clumsy banker, portrayed with childlike charm by Beat Marti. The mermaid (Laura Drasbæk) is a sexy diver, complete with weight belt, fishnet top and knife. The evil witch (Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis) turns out to be not so evil after all, and a lot less powerful than Andersen's sea witch. Spectacular shots of the breathtaking Swiss scenery and weather are the heartbeat of this movie, a structural technique that is emerging as Imbach's trademark. Lakes are to "I was a Swiss Banker" what the mountains are to "Lenz". Arrive early and stay for the credits.
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