Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stratosphere Girl / Девушка из стратосферы (2004)

The story (if you can call it that) is of a girl who works in a Tokyo hostess bar only to uncover a bizarre murder mystery. The screenplay is a rambling mishmash of ideas that -while not entirely successful- maintains our interest throughout and leaves us scratching our heads in bewilderment. From the opening scene, we are submerged into the film's environment without warning or introduction, and without expectation, for that matter. The plot is so non-linear and, quite frankly, non-important that we have no choice but to take the picture on its own terms. Even though nothing seems to fit from a conventional perspective, every bizarre moment of the script seems perfectly ordinary within the film's world. None of the characters seem remotely aware of just how strange their surroundings are, and this is how the film manages to succeed. The film-maker does not even TRY to offer an explanation for anything that takes place, he just presents it and expects us to draw our own conclusions. And even if you never reach a conclusion, as was the case with me, it is still an entertaining experience...

Directed by Matthias X. Oberg
Produced by Karl Baumgartner
Written by Matthias X. Oberg
Starring Chloé Winkel,
Jon Yang
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date(s) 9 September 2004 (Germany)
Running time 90 min


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