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|Originaltitel:||That Sugar Film|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 102 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Sugar sweetens our lives! Sugar gives us energy and makes us happy. Yes, sugar is a fine thing! That may be true in principle. But unfortunately, sugar, the most widely consumed food in the world, is also highly unhealthy in the quantities in which we ingest it. It promotes disease is addictive. So we should significantly reduce our sugar consumption. Easier said than done. Because you don't even know where sugar is everywhere. And we as consumers do not really know how much sugar is really unhealthy. The Australian Damon Gameau wants to do some reconnaissance work. He has embarked on an extremely sweet journey to find out what influence sugar has on the human organism and where we consume sugar every day that we could easily avoid.
The result of this journey is the documentary film "Voll Verzuckert", which looks like the sugar version of Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me". Like Spurlock at that time, Gameau, who otherwise eats quite a healthy diet, goes on a very one-sided "diet" in which he is accompanied by specialists and doctors. Only that in his case it is not fast food, but food and drinks with a high sugar content. Also the often humorous presentation of shocking facts strongly reminds of "Super Size Me". What both documentaries have in common is the rather sensational and one-sided presentation of the topic. However, all this doesn't diminish the overall positive impression and the fact that the movie in its somewhat flappy way delivers some quite important insights, from which every viewer can and should learn something.
The sometimes really funny and imaginative portrayal of what sugar triggers in our bodies makes the material really understandable for all viewers. This is important in order to really be able to internalize the message of the documentation. There are some very good visual elements, some almost unbelievable interviews in their absurdity and a scene that makes a normal visit to the dentist seem like paradise on earth. Gameau understands very well how to communicate his concerns in an easily accessible and comprehensible way. But unfortunately he makes the same mistake that his colleagues like Morgan Spurlock or Michael Moore like to blame: too often he places himself too much in the centre of the action. There are simply too many scenes in which he flirts with his constantly growing belly circumference or in which he wants to appear cleverer and more funny than his counterpart. Since he himself is the experimental object of the film, it's inevitable that he also takes on a central role. However, there are many scenes in which he could have taken a back seat - and that would have done the movie and its credibility some good.
Notwithstanding, "Voll Verzuckert" is an entertaining, interesting, shocking, surprising and revealing movie, that lets its audience rethink their own diet at least for a short time. If you're looking for a reason to reduce your own snacking or the consumption of limo, coke and co., you shouldn't miss this film. Worth seeing
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