At first glance this film looks as though it will be hard work as it is three hours long, in German with subtitles. Don't be put off...
The content of this film is especially poignant to me as I am a piano teacher within a family who live and work in the serious corporate world. I can identify with the father (the piano teacher) who appears like a buffoon beside his cool, serious daughter. He sees the emptiness and unhappiness his daughter Ines is experiencing in this cold business world, and sets out to reconnect with her. I also feel for Ines the daughter, who sees only the realisation of ambitions and status as a means to fulfilment.
Both the main characters (father and daughter) are fabulous in their roles...the father bringing out an unusual alter ego which sidles into his daughter's life, tipping the balance and ultimately releasing her from a prison of her own making.
The film is funny, bizarre and moving; it does have long slow scenes which some people might become impatient with, but I enjoyed them because they contained content which was necessary to maintain the integrity of the meaning.
It's three hours out of your life...go on, give it a try. Few people will regret watching this.
Wonderful performances all round and insightful about Bucharest - the writer must know the country very well. Key locations are incorporated into the story and it shows authentic sets from inside Romanian homes, offices and hotels, capturing the life that goes on there. This is a film which asks fundamental questions about values and the consequences of their pursuit. There was one shot which showed the lonely business consultant looking out of the window of a plush new building full of conference rooms and, to the side, a yard with a large Romani family living, probably with no running water, in the shell of a building with their dogs amid piles of rubbish. It lasted just a few moments. I thought this was such a cleverly crafted juxtaposition, only possible in cinema. Another highlight for me was the surprise rendering (in full) of "the Greatest Love of All" with a solo children's keyboard for accompaniment - reminded me of performance of Sonny in the Belgian film Aaltra. Aaltra
Thoroughly original and captivating! I don't think I have ever seen a more offbeat comedy than this. However, all is there for good reason with alienation and solitude being the most pronounced themes of the film. The characters and situations surprised me from the start to the end. Really enjoyed it!
Fascinating film - I watched it based on the recommendation from a friend. Awkward yet funny and emotional. Had several "wtf" moments, and i think thats what a good film is meant to do, to shock and trigger thought and make you laugh uncontrollably.
This is a wonderful film that repays several viewings. The nude party scene (not what it sounds like) is touching and hilarious. It has hidden depths. It is a slow burn but massively repays your patience.Fantastic performances.