Bildnis einer Trinkerin [Ticket of No Return] (1979)

Bildnis einer Trinkerin [literally: Portrait of a Drinker]
Director: Ulrike Ottinger
Writer: Ulrike Ottinger
Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Lutze, Magdalena Montezuma, Orpha Termin, Monika von Cube, Paul Glauer, Nina Hagen, Günter Meisner, Kurt Raab, Volker Spengler, Eddie Constantine
Part of: We Are One Film Festival
Seen on: 1.6.2020

A young woman, the drinker (Tabea Blumenschein) buys a ticket to go to Berlin where she plans to drink as much as she can, whereever she can. At the same time as her, Soziale Frage (“social question”) (Magdalena Montezuma), Exakte Statistik (“exact statistics”) (Orpha Termin) and Gesunder Menschenverstand (“good judgment”) (Monika von Cube) arrive in Berlin for a conference. Their paths keep crossing with the drinker as she makes her way through the bars, accompanied by the homeless woman (Lutze), also a drinker, she befriended.

Bildnis einer Trinkerin is a strange film. Visually impressive, it remains on the level of metaphor rather than storytelling, making it rife for interpretation rather than more straightforward understanding. I really enjoyed going on that journey.

The film poster showing the protagonist (Tabea Blumenschein) walking through a hallway underground in an extravagant, futuristic dress.
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Exit… nur keine Panik [Exit… But No Panic] (1980)

Exit… nur keine Panik
Director: Franz Novotny
Writer: Gustav Ernst, Franz Novotny
Cast: Hanno PöschlPaulus MankerIsolde BarthEddie ConstantineUlli NeumannKurt KrenKonrad BeckerPeter TurriniErnst Schmidt Jr.Peter PatzakPeter WeibelCurt A. TichyHans-Georg Nenning

Seen on: 15.6.2016

Kirchhoff (Hanno Pöschl) has big dreams: he wants to open his own café. All he needs is his coffee machine and some funds to get going. And a place to rent. And… but instead of really going for it, he rather spends his time with his buddy Plachinger (Paulus Manker), hitting on women and coursing through Vienna, stumbling from one bit of trouble to the next, always ready to explode as long as it doesn’t get boring or serious.

Exit… nur keine Panik is a coarse film, often (but not always) charming in this coarseness. Charming or not, it is entertaining.


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