Fashion Victims (Reine Geschmacksache)
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Grumpy egocentric Wolfgang Zenker (Edgar Selge) is first a clothing line salesman in the fashion industry and second an abusive husband to Erika (Franziska Walser) and his closeted son Karsten (Florian Bartholomäi), a young lad who yearns to go off to university to study Spanish but is shamed into being a driver for his father when the police reveal that Wolfgang has a suspended license. One of Wolfgang's business competitors Steven Brookmüller (Roman Knizka), a handsome young man with an eye for Karsten, parts company with Wolfgang - a fact that begins a chase of boutique visits and competition that alienates Wolfgang even further from his son and wife. When Wolfgang's true financial picture is as bleak as possible, both Erika (encouraged by her single girlfriend Brigitta (Traute Höss) and Karsten elect to indulge in their own futures, and in a series of hilarious accidents the lives of all the characters collide and change.
Fast paced, well photographed, and warmly acted, FASHION VICTIMS is a fun film that though it is listed as a gay movie, there is little in the story other than some momentary suggestions to deserve that label. This is a fun farce that should find a wide audience seeking a little escape from reality! Grady Harp, March 09
Most of all, Wolfgang is nervous about Steven, a new, younger salesman who has been infringing on his regular customers, and stealing away sales he desperately needs. While waiting for his father, Karsten runs into Steven, and the two of them immediately hit it off, and start dating. It isn't until the comical whirlwind of events in the final 15 minutes of the film, that Karsten learns his "dream man" is his father's nightmare, making for a rather difficult coming-out for the young man, and a time for the father to reconsider his priorities.
A pleasant, light comedy with adequate acting and direction, though a bit drawn-out at 94 minutes. DVD has no extras except trailers and chapter stops. I give the film three stars out of five.
Don't read the comments on the cover cause they have barely something to do with the film.
I laughed maybe once or twice. Of course there are more funny moments, but they'd rather make you smile than laugh along loud.
Acting is good, but the action is rather slow, at least during the first half of the film.
To sum up: not bad, but Germans can do better :)
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I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, and I tried to like it, but it's just awful. Maybe I just don't get German humor, but to me this was a frenetic 96-minute barrage... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by J. Martin
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