Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Die Felten Jahren Sind Vorbei
Germany/Austria, 2004. Y3 Film, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Sudwestrundfunk, ARTE. Screenplay by Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner. Cinematography by Daniela Knapp, Matthias Schellenberg. Produced by Sabine Holtgreve, Georg Steinert, Antonin Svoboda, Hans Weingartner. Music by Andreas Wodraschke. Production Design by Christian M. Goldbeck. Costume Design by Silvia Pernegger. Film Editing by Dirk Oetelshoven, Andreas Wodraschke. Cannes Film Festival 2004.
The days of plenty are over, according to some radical young Berliners in this enjoyable drama about youthful idealism. Julia Jentsch, Daniel Brühl, and Stipe Erceg are roommates who scrape together a living and take part in demonstrations against the evils of international capitalism. Jentsch finds out that her two buddies spend their evenings breaking into wealthy people’s homes and vandalizing them, stealing nothing but instead emphasizing a sense of vulnerability in those who think their wealth protects them from all harm. Upon learning this, she insists that Bruhl take her on a break-in to the house of the man to whom she owes a huge sum of money thanks to a car accident she was involved in the year before. The owner of the house is supposed to be out of town but, no surprise, he comes home early. Meanwhile Jentsch is dating Erceg but Bruhl has his eye on her as well, a block to their friendships that reaches its apex when they are on the lam at a beautiful countryside chalet. There are contrivances in the plot, and it runs on far too long, but the actors are terrific and contribute most of the film’s spritely energy.