It’s 1976 and Werner Herzog has already made a few of his notorious films (Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre). But somehow he still got the commission by Western Germany’s Institute for Film and Image in Science and Teaching to make a didactic film about a bullied school boy and the overcoming of his outsider status.
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...
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,