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I went to see German Angst after hearing that Jörg Buttgereit has directed the first part of three movies. I hadn't heard about the other directors: Michal Kosakowski and Andreas Marschall.
The first movie draws a parallel between a pet guinea pig and people. Very gritty and painful movie really with many levels of meaning. Buttgereit's direction is as strong as ever here.
The second movie is topical with all the racism going on in East-Europe and Ukraine where minorities are increasingly blamed of the problems instead of the "owners" that are causing the problems. The violence looks very painful and realistic without having to use excess gore and the conclusion is strong.
The last movie was a true surprise. A well told story of a man looking for some extra spice from outside his current relationship. Well, he finds it. Some scenes remind me of Andrzej Żuławski's Possession, which is the ultimate relationship movie. The last movie features one of the most outrageous sex scene I have ever seen.
No laughs here. German Angst is something that needs to be digested for a while. Something that is very rare these days where the actual content is often missing. Empty shells masked with glitter and hype.
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