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|Laufzeit:||About 105 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
It's the early 80s, the time of nasty hairstyles, shoulder pads and disco fox: The student Robert (Tom Schilling) is fed up with life in the West German province. He finally wants to experience something and break out of the conformity of the small town district dominated by buffers and hippies. The perfect place for that seems to be West Berlin. Punk rules here. Through his old buddy Schwarz (Wilson-Gonzales Ochsenknecht) Robert also gets a place to stay and a job in a peep show. But the scrubbing of Wichskabinen is not necessarily what Robert imagined under his new freedom. But the work also has something good, as he gets to know the beautiful Sanja (Emilia Schüle) here. At her side Robert dives deeper and deeper into the anarchic subculture of West Berlin, loses himself in drugs and alcohol and dreams of a better life with Sanja. But in order to finance this, Robert urgently needs more money than his ungrateful job and the surprisingly lavish Berlin allowance. A visit to his father (Samuel Finzi) gives the young couple an idea of how they could solve their family and financial problems at the same time...
Oskar Roehler is really not an adapted filmmaker. Anyone who goes into a Roehler film should generally never expect mainstream films suitable for the masses. Even though some of his works can appeal to a wider audience, his sometimes very individual style is more for the friends of the more special movie. His latest work "Tod den Hippies - Es lebe der Punk" is no exception. It is a shrill, sometimes almost grotesquely exaggerated view of life in West Berlin in the 1980s. It's a world between revolution and lack of perspective, between petting and pershings, where punks, gay Nazis and strippers live in a subculture dominated by alcohol, drugs and sex.
It's a film of contrasts: at times almost clownishly comical, at other times dirty-dramatic, at times garishly colourful, then again trist-black-white. Such contrasts run through to the soundtrack, where even 80s disco queen Sandra is replaced by quirky punk rock. Even though the whole thing seems stylistically and dramaturgically completely overdrawn, the attitude to life that Roehler creates here seems somehow very authentic. The fact that the actors had a lot of fun with this unusual project can be clearly seen in many scenes (especially great: Frederick Lau as a gay Nazi with the courage to be ugly). Especially Tom Schilling manages to convince in the humorous as well as in the dramatic passages.
For someone who doesn't know anything about punk culture at all, "Tod den Hippies - Es lebe der Punk" is very difficult to access. The film is dirty, evil, unembellished and vulgar. The smell in the Peep Show, which triggers a nausea in Robert at the beginning of his job, seems to be something you can really smell as a spectator. And this kind of closeness to reality really isn't everyone's cup of tea. But if you have a soft spot for Oskar Roehler's films or experienced the punk scene of the 80s yourself, you could have a lot of fun with this extremely ironic contemporary document. And the bottom line is that there is a deserved one for that: Worth seeing!
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