Tuesday, 15 February 2011

the parent trap

QUESTIONS TO MY FATHER, a short film about the legendary German actor Ulrich Mühe, directed by his son Konrad premiered as part of the Berlinale Shorts program last night. I was prepared to hate it.

With everyone here still talking about Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's son's tell-all book about his unbearable father, parent trashing has become a trend disturbing enough to make one think twice about raising the German birth rate.

But after 4 minutes, Müller junior, an art student here in Berlin, had me digging around the the dark for my Tempos. He keeps the questions to himself, sharing only the answers spoken by his deceased father through clips of the actor interpreting many dramatic roles over decades of German cinema. Using humourous and dramatic juxtaposition, Müller manages to speak through his father and still create his own voice. It's one I won't mind hearing again.

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