Review: ‘I’ll Wait On You Hand And Foot’

Though running only just over a hour, and technically a graduation pic, Iain Dilthey's sad black comedy was among the most original entrants in Locarno's competition this year, heralding a potential talent. Grungy tale of a Viennese teen who takes radical steps to create a family has built-in fest mileage, with exposure on specialized Euro channels.

Though running only just over a hour, and technically a graduation pic, Iain Dilthey’s sad black comedy “I’ll Wait on You Hand and Foot” was among the most original entrants in Locarno’s competition this year, heralding a potential talent. Grungy tale of a Viennese teen who takes radical steps to create a family has built-in fest mileage, with exposure on specialized Euro channels also indicated.

Orphan Ramona (Eva Loebau) is a horny, lonesome, plain 17-year-old who beds Toni (Dirk Waanders), an older man she picks up at a fairground. He blithely promises to marry her when she comes of age — and nine months later she turns up at his home in Germany with a baby in her arms. Pic’s mordant humor kicks in as Ramona ignores the hostility from Toni and his dad (Manfred Kranich) and doggedly tries to build a happy home. But then Toni takes a shine to Lana (Sigrid Skoetz), a Russian helping to farm his cabbage plot. Scottish-born, German resident Dilthey, 30, shows a gift for atmosphere and pared-back character that’s impressive, and is well served by all four leads. Blowup from 16mm is fine.

I'll Wait On You Hand And Foot

Germany

Production

A Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg production. (International sales: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany.) Produced by Silke Parzich. Directed by Iain Dilthey. Screenplay, Dilthey, Silke Parzich.

Crew

Camera (Fujicolor), Sibylle Grunze; editors, Barbara Hoffmann, Dirk Stoppe; music, Stefan Schulzki. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (competing), Aug. 9, 2001. (Also in Montreal World Film Festival -- Focus on German Cinema.) Original title: Ich werde dich auf Haenden tragen. Running time: 64 MIN.

With

Eva Loebau, Dirk Waanders, Sigrid Skoetz, Manfred Kranich, David Steffen, Maximilian Hummler.
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