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|Production country:||Deutschland/Österreich 2012|
|Running time:||Approx 88 min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Porn star Alex Gaul (Antoine Monot, Jr.) is blessed with many things. But he seems to lack the talent to make it into movies where he gets to keep his clothes on. But since his ailing grandmother (Grit Boettcher) wants so badly to see her grandson on television one day before she dies, Alex does everything he can to make a career as a serious actor. His only chance seems to be the popular Heimatfilm actor Zacharias Zucker (Antoine Monot, Jr.), whom Alex looks confusingly like. But when he appeals to the actor's good-heartedness to swap roles for his ailing grandmother, Alex discovers that the universally beloved Zucker is an arrogant, heartless stinkpot in real life. In his distress, the porn stud has no choice but to knock Zucker down and assume his identity. Against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Wörthersee, Alex now has to play the choleric Heimatfilm hero during the day and get back in front of the porn camera when filming is finished - a draining double life that is not without consequences.
With Kaiserschmarrn (AT), actor and director Daniel Krauss has staged a lurid satire on television making in the form of a homage to the Heimatfilm of the 50s, 60s and 70s. With its colorful Agfacolor look, peppered with little vocal interludes and filled with quirky characters, the comedy is at times reminiscent of the trash factor of Walter Bockmayer's Geierwally. Here, as there, the film's humour and look take some getting used to, although in the case of Kaiserschmarrn (AT) the viewer is pushed hard to the edge of good taste in the first few minutes. Because when Alex at the beginning - please forgive this direct choice of words - literally the shit flies around the ears, then it seems at first rather flat and embarrassing. This scene doesn't actually make sense until later, when the story's intention and satirical nature are revealed. Still, even intellectually infused fecal humor might not be everyone's cup of tea.
This goes for other aspects of the film as well. Even though the side-swipes at television and its makers are occasionally really funny and extremely spot-on, some scenes just come across as very over-the-top and shrill. If you can't get involved with that, you won't discover all the good ideas that are hiding under the colorful surface. But who likes it weird, shrill and somehow different, which will hardly bother even the somewhat less successful gags.
For such viewers is Kaiserschmarrn (AT) then really a great pleasure, which can also amuse with some nice guest appearances. Besides Hendrick Patrick Pacard Martz as an overambitious screenwriter, especially Hannes Jaenicke provides some really good laughs with his cameo appearance as a bored acting coach. You can tell that he and all the other actors had a lot of fun doing this and that they took great pleasure in making fun of their own profession. This is especially true for lead actor Antoine Monot, Jr. who manages his double role absolutely convincingly.
Surely, Kaiserschmarrn (AT) is neither something for aesthetes nor the right thing for lovers of German mainstream comedies. You should already have a soft spot for humor of a more special kind and like it sometimes a little trashy to be entertained by this very special home movie. For such viewers is then but: after a somewhat bumpy beginning well worth seeing!
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