Europe on the verge of social and economic change. A close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion. A movie about the politics of love. Seville, Tallinn, Dublin, Thessaloniki. Europe, she loves.
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I thought about rating as a 4/5 because I need to leave 5 for really special films. But this documentary is just so good at being what it is. It's a portrait of Europe, an honest one - maybe you could say a portrait of just of the underbelly. But it is somehow magically crafted as a collage, using cuttings of extraordinary close and intimate moments of truths in 4 pairs of lovers's lives. A masterpiece!
A remarkable insight into the lives of four liberal young couples in different European cities who have little more than each other. They are struggling financially, dissatisfied and unsure of the future amid the economic fallout of post-credit crunch Europe. They get bored, frustrated, argue, have sex and do drugs as if the cameras are not there. The most real and poetic film about relationships you will ever see.
It's been an emotional week, an emotional year, in Europe, and this film cut right through me. Hyperrealism/microcosm, documentary filmmaking of a different kind. Portraits of lovers. Exceptional cinematography by Ramon Giger. As a 20-something woman in Brexit UK, this is one of the best things I've watched this year. Lots of questions raised. And the final track is Kate Tempest, to round it off!
Exploitative and voyeuristic, this pseudo-documentary works best in the interstices between the four main narratives. One thing is clear: more than neoliberalism, disenfranchisement, disillusion, unemployment, cluelessness, nihilism, and inertia, what is really killing Europeans is chain smoking. Jason Reitman was right: "These days when someone smokes in the movies, they're either a psychopath or European."
Mubi's description doesn't do justice to this poetic and hyperrealistic account of today's Europe, in all its fucked upness and lack of future. The film is not just a sex flick, as the picture implies.
I really hope Brexit does not happen, and that we help build another Europe. And that someone gets Siobahn a record contract.
Like the best documentaries, this makes a fiction film on the same subject feel totally superfluous. I don't think the overarching concept of linking the film's 4 relationships to a fractured Europe is intellectually convincing, but Gassmann's filmmaking conveys it with such tender brilliance that it really doesn't matter. Like the angels in Wings of Desire, I felt both helplessly sad and awed by these people's lives
All this young europeans, dont have any idea of what is to be poor. I am a mexican student(UNAM), and there are clearly differences in what a young latinamerica low middle class is respect to the same term in europe. Many of us, just want to get out of here and go, always dreaming about all this frames that I just finished to see. I want to be a couple of this.