Marianne Sagebrecht was a big star for a short time, thanks to this film and Rosalie Goes Shopping, also directed by Percy Adlon, and a previous one called Sugarbaby made in German and therefore less widely seen. She has a remarkable personal charm that is really at the centre of this amiable film, although all the performances are very good. The problem with this kind of material, which is basically "feel-good' but dressed up with more arty credentials, is how to avoid its sweetness becoming all too much. This is probably what led Adlon to make the opening part so long. Two women, both splitting from husbands acrimoniously, find themselves in the same space in the desert truck-stop and motel, where the German Jasmin feels miserable and feisty Brenda becomes all but unbearable. CCH Pounder does well in this role, but there is a lot of shouting from her in the earlier part of the film, which sets up a jarring note. This grounds the film in a certain emotional realism, as she has the failing cafe to cope with alone, plus two teenage children and the baby of one of these. Adlon counts on the magic arriving and lifting the viewer, like the characters, as if suddenly caught in the middle of a double rainbow. And it really does work, so that by the end, the magic show is totally joyous. The attention to colour and texture in the shots is consistently magical and plays up the fairy-tale element of the film. Jack Palance is pretty amazing too - what a face, what ageless charm and vitality he brings to an admittedly slim role. In the end, though, it is Sagebrecht's unique appeal that is perhaps most memorable, offset by a number of performances that are ultimately irresistible, and a marvellous open-hearted sense of a political message in there somewhere that never becomes too concrete or heavy.