Although this yearâ€™s Auswahl (selection) of meaningful, important, highly-political and ugly = politically correct films at the Berlin Film Festival is just as big as it ever was – think fascist police in Brazil, Abu Ghraib â€œstandard operation proceduresâ€, Soviet massacres, Madonnaâ€™s filth and wisdom (with an emphasis on the filth part) and a wonderfully uplifting paedophile movie starring Tom Arnold â€“ some filmmakers have decided to go against the grain with the shock effect approach and have actually had the nerve to present films with a happy, dopey and even, well,Â positive view on life.
â€œUh, like what was that?â€ asked one startled film buff after being subjected to â€œCherry Blossomsâ€ by German director Doris DÃ¶rrie. â€œIf I had wanted to walk out ofÂ the Kino in a good mood, I wouldnâ€™tÂ have goneÂ to a German film festival in the first place. And whatâ€™s with this Mike Leigh â€œHappy-Go-Luckyâ€ in London touching comedy love storyÂ nonsense? I couldnâ€™t find a political statement in that one at all.â€
â€œIâ€™ve had it with this crap,â€ another German film-goer added. â€œThe only thing left that sounds like it could be any good at all is â€œThere Will Be Bloodâ€ with Daniel Day-Lewis, but if that doesnâ€™t do the trick, you can bet that Iâ€™ve had it with this Berlin so-called frigginâ€™ Film Festival.â€
Lights, camera, lack of action!
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