Category Archives: German Cinema

Rediscovering a sacred bond: “Toni Erdmann” [2016 Germany, Romania]

Maren Ade’s oddball comedy “Toni Erdmann” is a uniquely German attempt at highlighting the need for reinforcing familial bonds even while pursuing hectic lifestyles and careers. The film wryly focuses on a father-daughter relationship weathering changes in their individual … Continue reading

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A personal view on those ‘High Times’: “Das wilde leben” [2007 Germany]

It is difficult to know the extent to which director Achim Bornhak had a say in the creative rather than technical aspects of his film biopic – about the model, actress, groupie, and legendary sex-icon of the ‘1968 generation’ … Continue reading

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A film review: “Illusion” [2013 Germany]

Roland Reber, no stranger to controversy with his persistent recourse to eroticism, continues his exploration of human behaviour and their secret desires through his latest drama “Illusion”.
The film incorporates several of Reber’s pet themes like lust, nymphomania, greed, and … Continue reading

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‘C’ for crime: “Der amerikanische Soldat” [1970 West Germany]

Mention “Der amerikanische Soldat” [Eng. Title: The American Soldier], and we’d be talking about early Fassbinder. For this was the period when Rainer Werner Fassbinder was experimenting with various genre in his own unique style that was still evolving, … Continue reading

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Challenging taboos: “Feuchtgebiete” [2013 Germany]

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David Wnendt’s brilliant comedy “Feuchtgebiete” [Eng. Title: Wetlands] is not for the squeamish – it is a frontal attack on our senses, sensibilities, and taboos bound by societal norms. Centred around a young woman coming-to-terms with a childhood trauma, … Continue reading

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