Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
West Germany, 1977. Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Skellig Edition. Screenplay by Werner Herzog. Cinematography by Thomas Mauch. Produced by Willi Segler. Music by Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry. Film Editing by Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus.
Bruno S., star of Werner Herzog’s Every Man For Himself And God Against All, is once again a fish out of water in this marvelously dry comedy. He plays an ex-convict who befriends an abused prostitute and helps her escape her dangerous pimps. The two of them and an aged friend of theirs leave Germany for Wisconsin where their lives go from promising to hopeless in no time. Herzog has such a feel for their tragedy, but doesn’t shy away from the absurdity of the situations they find themselves in, making for a deceptively simple experience that has plenty of humorous subtext. The performances are superb, especially the magnificently strange leading man, and the conclusion is haunting.