Klaus Lemke′s first feature-length film depicts the odyssey of society drop-out Frank Murnau from Schliersee to Rome and Acapulco. Actually, he could have led an easy life. Monika, the daughter of a rich factory owner is in love with him, hesitating at first, Frank finally opts for jet set beauty Laura: by choosing her, he also chooses independence, which he otherwise fears to lose. He is looking for adventure, attempts to get rich by revealing industry secrets and tries to secure a place among the rich by emulating the style he learned from American gangster movies. But soon he′s in over his head, since he can not escape his own past.
Director: Klaus Lemke. AKA 48 Hours to Acapulco
Stars: Dieter Geissler, Christiane Krüger, Monika Zinnenberg, Alexander Kerst, Charly Kommer, Manuel Rivera, Lyn Guild, Ilse Pagé, Michael Maien, Teddy Stauffer, Roland Carey, Lucas Hernandez, Roberto Lopez.
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Many thanks to Pablo for the improved synopsis.
synopsis is good, if a bit generous. you keep expecting something to happen and when it does, seems pointless. it wants to be ‘breathless’ but is more oxygen-starved. the most telling exchange is between frank and monica:
he: we’re not going out today.
she: (pouting) but i want to wear my new dress today.
he: that’s all you women ever think about.
the surface, that’s all this narrative has; it want’s to be existentialist but even an existentialist has some self-preservation instinct.
still, the roland kovacs score is real nice–almost the best character in here.