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!
This film vividly captures that ever increasing sense of malaise that unites all Europeans - Trying to grapple with no clear sociopolitical and economic identity. How do we all deal with living in such a fragmented time? By sating our needs to feel something. Anything at all. A yearning for a connection with others. A candid portrait that tracks its lens on the beauty that is to be found in bleak and bruised lives.
Well that was thoroughly depressing. That said it was well cast, well acted and an interesting look through the window on the lives of ordinary people across Europe caught up in the midst of political turmoil and economic hardship. Should be called Sex, Drugs & Recession.
A reminder to the European project of the hopelessness it is fostering, human faces condemned to a life of precarity & disenfranchisement. Gassmann gives visibility to this wide sector of young Europeans for whom the dream of shared prosperity is passing them by, shattering their hopes and asphyxiating their lives, sex & drugs as a refuge from boredom, migrating as sometimes the only option. Key to understand Brexit.
Can't say enough good things about this. A timely and vital snapshot and document of the EU in 2016. Uplifting and depressing in equal measure but constantly compelling. I could have easily watched another 100 minutes of these four couples. Would love to see a post-Brexit sequel!
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!