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L’Amour L’Argent L’Amour

Two Berlin kids journey through eastern Germany in the pretentiously titled "L'amour l'argent L'amour," a wannabe-cool road movie that just keeps running on empty. A severe let-down following writer-director Philip Groening's "The Terrorists," film may drum up some business among the young crowd locally but looks headed nowhere beyond Deutschland. Sprite-like newcomer Sabine Timoteo, a former dancer (and already retired), won Best Actress award at Locarno, but even her loose-limbed perf isn't enough to sustain interest for well over two hours of sex 'n' money shenanigans.

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With:Sabine Timoteo, Florian Stetter, Michael Schech, Dierk Prawdzik, Marquardt Bohm, Gerhard Fries.

Two Berlin kids journey through eastern Germany in the pretentiously titled “L’amour l’argent L’amour,” a wannabe-cool road movie that just keeps running on empty. A severe let-down following writer-director Philip Groening’s “The Terrorists,” film may drum up some business among the young crowd locally but looks headed nowhere beyond Deutschland. Sprite-like newcomer Sabine Timoteo, a former dancer (and already retired), won Best Actress award at Locarno, but even her loose-limbed perf isn’t enough to sustain interest for well over two hours of sex ‘n’ money shenanigans.

“I was born under a lucky star,” says David (newcomer Florian Stetter), who meets young-hooker-with-a-dog Marie (Timoteo) one night in a win-try street. Confused rebels against a monetarist society – she doesn’t want to work in a supermarket, he does’t want to work in scrap yards – the equally dysfunctional pair hit the road, with her hooking when their cash runs out. Pic’s sole interest is in the youngsters’ unwitting parody of social norms, but the endless spatting and making up soon palls. Widescreen lensing of bleak locations is a bonus, but it’s an attractive wrapper on an empty can.

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L'Amour L'Argent L'Amour

Germany - Switzerland - France

Production: A Philip Groening Filmproduktion (Germany)/Balzli & Fahrer Filmproduktion(Switzerland)/Solera & Cie. (France) production, in association with WDR, BR, Arte, SF, DRS, Taunus Film, Bavaria Film, Teleclub. (International sales: Bavaria Film Intl., Munich.) Produced by Philip Groening, Res Balzli, Dieter Fahrer, Francoise Gazio. Co-producers, Uwe Boll, Michael Weber. Directed by Philip Groening. Screenplay, Groening, Michael Busch.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Sophie Maintigneux, Max Jonathan Silberstein; editors, Silberstein, Valdis Oskarsdottir; music, various; art director, Peter Menne; costumes, Birgit Wentsch, Catharina Di Fiore. German dialogue. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (competing), Aug. 8, 2000. Running time: 138 MIN.

With: With:Sabine Timoteo, Florian Stetter, Michael Schech, Dierk Prawdzik, Marquardt Bohm, Gerhard Fries.

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