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Lollipop Monster (2011)

Ari and Oona. Two 15-year-old girls, two dysfunctional families. Absolute opposites and yet somehow similar. No one listens, no one hears. Ari feels she is misunderstood and compensates for... See full summary »

Director:

Ziska Riemann

Writers:

Ziska Riemann (screenplay), Luci Van Org (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jella Haase ... Ariane
Sarah Horvath ... Oona
Nicolette Krebitz ... Kristina
Thomas Wodianka Thomas Wodianka ... Lukas
Sandra Borgmann ... Marie
Rainer Sellien ... Volker
Fritz Hammel Fritz Hammel ... Boris
Janusz Kocaj Janusz Kocaj ... Konas
Koffi Kôkô Koffi Kôkô ... Baron
Nikeata Thompson Nikeata Thompson ... Jacky / Tier-Tänzerin
Rafael Stachowiak Rafael Stachowiak ... Karakal
Andreas Windhuis Andreas Windhuis ... Arzt
Sybille J. Schedwill ... Sportlehrerin
Luci Van Org Luci Van Org ... Kunstlehrerin
Murali Perumal ... Psychologe
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Ari and Oona. Two 15-year-old girls, two dysfunctional families. Absolute opposites and yet somehow similar. No one listens, no one hears. Ari feels she is misunderstood and compensates for this by having sex with unknown men; Oona expresses the pain over her beloved father's suicide through self-mutilation and morbid drawings. Opposites attract. Ari is a blonde who paints herself up like a canary, Oona loves things as black as night. Their unlikely friendship helps them survive the hypocrisy of their families. Ari finally gains some kind of self-respect, and Oona learns to give vent to her pain. Then something happens that threatens their friendship at its very roots.... The scope of the debuting director's creative interests is evident both in the mix of cinematic devices that enrich the narration (animated passages, amateur film recordings, music videos), as well as in the artistic stylization, which directly references her grounding in comics. Written by anonymous

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We're desire, lust and instinct...

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 August 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Friedenau See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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German Teenage Angst
5 April 2015 | by mkelleher120870See all my reviews

I watched this on the off chance that it would be a sleazy German comedy!/horror, detailing the deprivations of a frozen phallic popsicle. which probably says it all for my expectations of German cinema!

what I actually got with 'Lollipop Monster', however, was a kind of coming of age flick about two teenage girls coming to terms with big death and sexuality issues. and I must admit it was pretty well done on the whole, especially when dealing with Ari's 'going goth', a really fun scene involving a terrible German pop video (one of several - I don't know if this is typical German pop but I kind of hope so) which is playing on Ari's TV whilst she paints her bedroom jet black with a roller.

unlike more typical German fayre, this doesn't overdo things in the explicit sex and violence stakes, but gets it's points across pretty well anyhow.

I did find the use of animation and 'experimental' shots pretty annoying pretty rapidly, though.

overall? suck it and see.


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