This black comedy from Rainer Werner Fassbinder follows a group of young German army engineers who are building a bridge in the town of Ingolstadt and seek relief from their boredom through alcohol, acts of brutality and sexual escapades.
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Weirdly straightforward, for Fassbinder, but delightful! A totally literal, mostly just amusing, story of a visiting troop of Pioneers & the (unconvincingly) teenaged girls they meet. Dramatized formative teen turbulence, as in later 90s films starring people like River Phoenix. A little queered up (e.g. shore leave & whores) because it's RWF. A bit darker; only the campiest, most deviant tropes... But that flow! 3.5
A rude, charming interim piece that plays like Katzelmacher II. People meet and talk and hate each other and everyone sucks. Someone's ruined by the end. It's funny she just rolls over and opens her legs. Harry Bär and Günther Kaufmann look really good in uniform, building a bridge. Klaus Löwitsch shines his celestial smile, and Peter Gauhe pops in with his ottery face. A cute predecessor to Ballhaus.