Magazine article Screen International

Lose Your Head

Magazine article Screen International

Lose Your Head

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Dirs: Patrick Schuckmann, Stefan Westerwelle. Germany. 2012. 107mins

Possibly catering to the crowds frequenting Berlin's famously or infamously (depends on the point of view) throbbing gay night life, but mostly restricted to them, this English speaking dark escapade ending on a hallucinatory tone, was inspired by the disappearance of a young Portuguese man who came to the German capital a few years back to taste all its illegitimate charms and was never heard of since.

Neither the actors nor their lines are particularly convincing, and the final nod to horror movies doesn't offer anything to help make some sense of the story.

Shot mostly at night with a roving handheld camera which never stands still, replete with night shots delivering painfully grainy images, with a the obligatory pumping disco rhythms in the background and a chaotically improbable script embracing every option in sight from irony to metaphysics, this is ultimately a throwback to all the drug-induced orgies put on screen at different times in the past, to advertise other fashionable scenes of a similar nature. Though at times it looks almost like a commercial for Berlin's illicit attractions, even in this respect there is very little the city might benefit from this venture.

The plot, which looks improvised every step of the way, has a young Spaniard, Luis (Fernando Tielve) flying into Berlin after having a fight with his boyfriend. His intention is to lose himself in order to find eventually something better and he is certainly served on the spot. Luis, who looks like the proverbial sacrificial lamb, but not a very bright one at that, watches the world through his wide open, innocent eyes, expecting the weirdest surprises and is not disappointed. …

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