Plot: Maria-Theresia Paradis (Maria Dragus) is a gifted musician who lost her eyesight at a young age for no apparent reason. Now her parents have heard about the revolutionary methods of physician Franz Mesmer (Devid Striesow) and they are hoping that he will be able to restore her eyesight. So Maria-Theresia is brought to his castle where Mesmer sets to work. Soon their relationship becomes very intense and there seems to be improvement in her condition.
I was hoping I would like Licht more than I actually did. Unfortunately I was unhappy with the way the film dealt with disability and I felt that it had considerable lengths.
Soldiers Pellner (Catrin Striebeck) and Dorsch (Frida-Lovisa Hartmann) are looking for a crazed lieutenant Deutinger (Dorothee Hartinger) in the jungle of Afghanistan, sailing along the Hindukusch. Their voyage brings them through increasingly confusing places and is also somehow connected to the story of Somali pirate Ultimo (Stefanie Reinsperger) who is tried at a German court.
Die lächerliche Finsternis is an attempt at postcolonoal critique that manages to reproduce the very same structures it is trying to condemn, resulting ultimately in an absolute failure.
Charlie Kolostrum (Axel Ranisch) is a “sitter”, according to one of his self-help books. Not a doer, but one of the people who sit around waiting for things to happen. So he sits through school where he is in love with his girlfriend’s (Stefanie Reinsperger) best friend (Katharina Strasser), mostly ignored by his mother (Marion Mitterhammer) and overfed by his aunt (Bibiana Zeller). And then he sits through university, where he studies Art History [not because he has a particular interest but because according to the study adviser (Michael Ostrowski) is has the prettiest women – and that’s everything Charlie can muster some kind of enthusiasm]. Dividing his time between uni and his membership in the socialist students union the years pass.
Wie man leben soll is by no means a bad movie but I didn’t really like it a whole lot because I just couldn’t stand Charlie. But despite that the film had its moments.