The film portrays four- to six-year-old children at a nursery school. The cameras focus in particular on the vicissitudes of little Martin, a difficult child who cannot seem to fit in with his classmates.
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One of my most favorite pieces of cinema. Nobody has to understand it, but this being my first Herzog movie that I watched years ago and living in Germany, I know the situation of such children and was surprisingly touched by the little story.
Kind of a silly little piece. Sort of neo-realism, with regular kids as actors, I like that, and I like Herzog. The film does venture out of neo-realism into the realm of weirdness when they dress up the hamsters in little outfits. Held my attention for the full 13 minutes and 20 seconds,(because I like films with kids in the lead roles) but not Herzog's most remarkable work,
Ordinary dramaturgy in a child mind. This is part of Herzog’s touching, humble and existential films about those who suffer. Fiction documentary such as "Land of silence and darkness". So far from his romantic megalomania in his famous Fitzcarraldo or Cobra Verde.
Cute pedagogical short. Made with West German government money (FWU Institut!) for presentation to classes ''in the instructional unit: CHILDREN BEING REJECTED''. Reminds me of how well made the superior NEUES AUS UHLENBUSCH was—a legendary children's TV series launched a year later, of which I own the DVD box. Had Werner only done more stuff in this vein, instead of all those bad feature films...