An engine driver pulls the emergency brake- too late : the young man on the tracks, the student Claus Wagner ( Till Topf ) is dead. Commissioner Löschner investigates in his surroundings ...
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An engine driver pulls the emergency brake- too late : the young man on the tracks, the student Claus Wagner ( Till Topf ) is dead. Commissioner Löschner investigates in his surroundings and interrogates Claus' parents, schoolmates and his girlfriend Inge ( Ute Christensen ) . What had driven the student to his act of desperation ?
Within self-contained flashbacks, Claus' tragical story is told from different points of view. Just as in a kaleidoscope, seemingly equal fragments appear in six epsiodes in always new, surprising cohesions. Only at the end, to concurrence of all events becomes visible, all the moments of failure and deception that eventually drove Claus Wagner to suicide.
As a result of Löschner's investigations, there only remains to say, that " some people might need to talk with themselves" ...
I've once bought this movie without ever having heard of it before, besides that all reviews of the DVD were positive. I was not disappointed. What jumped into my eyes ( besides that it was produced in my hometown and even at my school ) is how realistic this movie is. Although it is dated from 1980 and hints to German educational policy of these days appear, it is still easily possible to identify with the hero Claus Wagner and his seemingly regular-everyday sorrows that drive him to death. No special effects, no costumes , only good actors that know their business. Never before have I seen a piece of art dealing with suicide in such a non-moralistic, non-ideological and appropriate manner. This also proves, what even low-budget movies produced for TV only are able to, provided that there is a will to do so. The lack of will to watch such challenging, heavy going movies might also be a reason,why such things are not produced anymore, and I can therefore only recommend it to viewers with enough patience and will to engage with the events. Unfortunately, this gem will for now only be available for the German-speaking public.
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