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Film crew whose members can't stand each other is trying to make a slapstick comedy in the style of Buster Keaton. It's about Boy, who runs a failing desert service station. Things get even worse when a business competitor arrives.
Kees van Kooten,
This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place.Written by
Wouter van der Sluis
Jan Ole Gerster's debut was the unexpected box-office success in Germany 2012 with more than $2mio. It also won the German Film Award for best pictures, best script and best directing 2013. See more »
[to a thug]
what kinda guy are you? Let me guess. You were born an alcoholic because your mom couldn't stay off the booze during her pregnancy. How could she, when she got beaten up by daddy when he came home from the pub?
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Petty first movie, little original & quite overrated
For more than 20 years Berlin has to cope with the steady flow of young newcomers ("Zugereiste") from (German) boondocks, may they be students, "creatives" or other types of birds fleeing their nest. This movie is a petty comedy, made by newcomers for newcomers, juxtaposing every imaginable Berlin cliché. It's an outsider's view that lacks real insight, although, fortunately, hipsters & their electronic devices are absent. Mix Berlin clichés with some nouvelle vague, a lot of "Herr Lehmann" & - oh, don't forget typical 90s' examining your own navel. Sorry, but self- proclaimed Berlin bohemians were a bore then & are still today...
OK, OK, it's a film student's final work, so prepare for some artsy Godard-like (please don't say Godardesque!) black and white & score, but don't expect much more.
A dramatic element is introduced, too, by addressing 1939's "Reichsprogromnacht", but this episode stands erratic & remains rather attached to the film than woven in. Don't get carried away by the whole film school jabbering: There's as much "kafkaesque" or "Freudian" stuff as in this morning's cereal.
The quite impressing cast, though, does a good job & the camera's work is solid. I would give Gerster as a director another chance, after all, you can hardly expect from a 20-something-year-old to have developed its own style, but I had one condition: no more Berlin bohemian slackers, please!
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