TIGER gets what she wants. VANILLA does not know what she wants. Apart from one important thing: a uniform. TIGER teach her to bite, and VANILLA tastes blood. So TIGER needs to learn a new rule: They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.
Years after a nervous breakdown Karl goes on tour with old friends and upcoming electronic music DJs. Beeing the only sober person in a environment full of drugs and alcohol starts to bring back demons.
A very romantic comedy on the edge of the abyss: in the middle of the deepest life crisis, the Holocaust researcher Toto is assigned an assistant for the congress preparation - Zazie, of ... See full summary »
Jan Josef Liefers
Callboy Vincent spends Christmas alone. In the evening he sits in a pub and treats a beer, then goes home and goes into the hot tub. But then burglar bursts into the apartment, which at Christmas suspects no one at home.
Wilhelm (Bruno Ganz), a Stalinist, dyed-in-the-wool communist apparatchik, turns 90 in the final stages of the German Democratic Republic. The year is 1989, and thousands upon thousands of people are deserting the GDR for a better life in the capitalist west. The movie is basically about Wilhelm's birthday party where friends, family and party officials come together one last time to pay their tributes. But there is an elephant in the room, some inconvenient family news, that is about to break. Suddenly, the old party veteran is confronted by his past and that of his generation of antifascists. This is a quiet little film, carried by the minimalist but precise performances of Ganz and Evgenia Dodina, who plays the heavily drinking, Russian daughter-in-law messing things up at an otherwise much too rigid and stiff birthday ceremony. You will probably enjoy this film more if you haven't already read Eugen Ruge's novel, like me, because it focuses on more or less one single day out of this 500-pager. Still, it has a "real GDR" feeling about it, comparable to Lives of Others, which is quite an achievement in itself. Some reminiscence of Vinterberg's Festen without the shaky hand-held camera. Plus there are moments of that old Downfall madness evoked by Ganz, only this time at the other end of history. So I recommend it for a rainy Sunday afternoon when you are not in the mood for all-out action but for thought provoking and sometimes painfully funny storytelling.
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