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|Direction:||Paul Dugdale, Cordula Kablitz-Post|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 111 Min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
The Toten Hosen have been setting the tone in German rock music for almost four decades. The Düsseldorf band, founded in 1982, is sometimes provocative and sometimes political, only to then simply put the fun of life at the centre of their lyrics. After 36 years, Campino and his band mates may not be as interested in the band as they were at the beginning of their career. But of course they don't let their mouths be forbidden now either. Again and again the Toten Hosen draw attention to social grievances and stand up against racism. Many of their fans have been faithfully following the band through all ups and downs for many years. But not only the fans, but also the band members are not without a trace. Over 19 million sold records can't save you from getting older.
"Weil Du nur einmal leben - Die Toten Hosen auf Tour" (Because you only live once - The Dead Pants on Tour) shows how the band deals with it - especially when Campino has to cancel some concerts after a sudden loss of hearing. The filmmakers Paul Dugdale and Cordula Kablitz-Post have succeeded in making a great concert film that appeals to fans in the first place, but also works for viewers who can't quite get to grips with the music of the trousers now. Not only are the concert scenes filmed in such a thrilling way that one is literally infected by the good atmosphere in the halls, clubs and arenas. The moments that take place away from the stage also provide such an exciting insight into what's going on on the tour that it really doesn't matter whether you're a fan or not.
When you see what a familiar atmosphere prevails within the crew, when you hear about companions, what the first appearances in small punk clubs looked like or when you see what the music of the Toten Hosen means to the fans in Buenos Aires, then it's interesting, stirring and definitely also emotional. At the same time, the film also shows how normal our idols are when it comes to everyday worries, diseases, social annoyances or even the inevitable aging process. The fact that Campino and his band colleagues show themselves from a partly not very glamorous side doesn't only fit the image of the band, but also makes the gentlemen absolutely likeable.
"Weil Du nur einmal leben - Die Toten Hosen auf Tour" is a great concert film, an exciting band biography and simply a really good film. And for that there is a deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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