Review: ‘Breaking Loose’

A comedy-romance perked by likable performances from its young cast and a soundtrack song every couple of reels, "Breaking Loose" leaves few dramatic traces when the lights go up. Centered on a breezy lothario who discovers true love after a crippling accident, pic is more notable for what it isn't than for what it is.

A comedy-romance perked by likable performances from its young cast and a soundtrack song every couple of reels, “Breaking Loose” leaves few dramatic traces when the lights go up. Centered on a breezy lothario who discovers true love after a crippling accident, pic is more notable for what it isn’t (a dumb, glossy youth comedy or maudlin drama) than for what it is (basically a light character ensembler). A local flop on June release, this first feature by Marco Kreuzpaintner would still make a decent addition to undemanding German film weeks.

Torge (charismatic newcomer David Rott, from legit) is a self-employed builder who works with best friend Micha (Hanno Koffler). Losing a limb after falling from scaffolding, Torge sinks into self-pity and starts alienating his pals before hitching up with Micha’s ex-g.f., Lisa (Mira Bartuschek, from “Crazy”), a straight-talking member of the local synchro-swimming team. Most of the young cast have played in other youth pics and blend well, though the script by Maggie Peren, who specializes in such fare (“Forget America,” “Girls on Top,” “Kiss and Run”) is fairly conventional, with little real conflict. Original title means “All or Nothing.”

Breaking Loose

Germany

Production

A Constantin Films release of an Olga Film Produktion production, in association with SevenPictures. (International sales: Bavaria Film Intl., Munich.) Produced by Viola Jaeger, Molly von Fuerstenberg, Harald Kuegler. Co-producer, Stefan Gaertner. Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner. Screenplay, Maggie Peren.

Crew

Camera (color), Daniel Gottschalk; editor, Dunja Campregher; music, Maks Koffler, Lars Loehn; art director, Thomas Schappert; costumes, Tina Meister. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Europe), Sept. 1, 2003. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

David Rott, Mira Bartuschek, Hanno Koffler, Diana Amft, Oliver Boysen, Maggie Peren, Herbert Knaup, Ruth Gloess.
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