Thursday, 29 March 2012

Marina Anna Eich & co in "Mein Traum oder Die Einsamkeit ist Nie Allein" [2008 Germany]

With an intriguing title for Roland Reber's 2008 film, "Mein Traum oder Die Einsamkeit ist Nie Allein" [Eng. Trans: My Dream or Loneliness never walks Alone], one would've expected to be taken on some kind of existential ride exploring human nature on the lines of Antonioni's 'L'Avventura". Well, I was any way. But what we see is an experimental exercise in mixing various motifs by bringing the stage to the screen.

I assume Mr. Reber was trying to reach out to a younger 'mainstream' audience with his cut-and-dry theories. In his customary style, he uses a detached character to comment on the protagonist's state of mind. Here it is the androgynous Godot - a scavenger making a living off the city's sewer system, who unravels the protagonist's confused state of mind and in some ways acts as his guardian angel.

A man leaves his wife, family and friends and walks off with his suitcase not knowing what he wants to do next. He bumps into some characters who'll reappear again during his night of wanderlust in company of the affable Godot (played by Mira Gittner). He will relive conversations with his parents, wife (Marina Anna Eich), and mistress (Sabrina Brencher) among others as he reassesses his life. Knowing that the man is contemplating suicide, Godot will try and explain why people do and say the things they do.

The story apparently was inspired by a real event concerning an old man who threw himself off a bridge, suitcase in hand, onto the carriageway below. It is an unusual addition to Roland Reber's filmography, as I believe this is primarily stage play material, may be even a musical. While I have no problems at all with what Reber is trying to say, I'm not sure to what extent people today might relate to the 'traditional' characters portrayed here. But it is witty in places, and we get to see a different kind of character played by Ms. Eich. As usual, you have cast members doubling up as crew - Mira Gittner handling cinematography and editing, with Marina Anna Eich and Patricia Koch in charge of production.

Official site and Trailer
Amazon DVD Link

pdf-50 Dialogue Sheet in English

Sabrina Brencher, Marina Anna Eich, Patricia Koch, and Martina Schölzhorn
The film contains only brief scenes of nudity which is largely used for comical effect. This post also coincides with the German theatrical release of WTP International's latest film, "Die Wahrheit der Lüge" aka "The Truth of Lie".

Sabrina Brencher, Marina Anna Eich, Patricia Koch, and Martina Schölzhorn in Mein Traum oder Die Einsamkeit ist Nie Allein

Scene Guide:
  • Our protagonist summing up what his mistress means to him - love, faith, hope, and farewell. The mistress is played by Sabrina Brencher.
  • We now get to hear how the mistress sees her relationship with him...
  • A bizarre scene where the wife tries to open up to hubby's best friend, but who on the other hand seems more keen to perfect his tasteless jokes. The wife is played by probably the fairest among Bavarians, Marina Anna Eich.
  • Some additional snippets from the film where we see Reber appearing as himself and cuddling up to a couple of 'bunnies' - Martina Schölzhorn on the right, and the stunning but 'visibly' underused Patricia Koch. I wish we get to see her fill the screen for a little while longer..!
  • Well she does, if only briefly - with fellow bunny Martina when the TV presenter gets ready for the next take.


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