DVD – Klass – Chronicle of a Disaster

DVD - Klass - Chronicle of a Disaster

Klass – Chronicle of a Disaster

               Genre: Drama
               School violence, students, abuse

If a victim for the perpetrator to be …

  Littleton, Erfurt, Winnenden, Ansbach, and several other places – there are messages to which you simply can not get used. And yet we still face the rampage in schools, are shaking in recent years, again and again the public, frighteningly helpless, it can not grasp and understand even less what happens in the youthful offender himself. And just because the whole thing is so incomprehensible, we tend – and especially the media to do so – systematically dehumanize the perpetrators and demonize. Than would be possible to banish the evil that is so evident in our midst, whose causes are often abuses that affect us all – whether it be neglect, to look the ubiquity of violence, hierarchies and pecking orders, and our inability to recognize and excesses. ( #)
The Estonian director Ilmar Raag held in 1999 in the U.S., when the massacre at Columbine High School, during which 13 people, and the two perpetrators themselves were killed, occurred. Since Raag had a friend who worked as a psychologist, he learned a lot from this background of the school massacre that never were made public, and decided to also process based on his own experiences of violence in schools and army, the topic in a feature film. When Gus Van Sant in 2003 published his film Elephant, which also deals with the Columbine High School massacre, Raag initially thought it was someone else beat him – until he found that Van Sant’s film took a different focus. So he decided to make his film after all. Klass is a chilling case study of the emergence of violence in schools has become – perhaps not always one hundred percent credible, but from such a shocking intensity that the film’s audience will continue to occupy a long time. Perhaps also because the class takes a radical perspective of both perpetrators and later demonstrated that it is a distressing ‘sacrifice career “behind them before they become perpetrators.

The very first, very rapidly and rhythmically assembled scenes make it clear that Joosep (Pärt Uusberg) within its class, an outsider, an unathletic and very introverted, “freak” just. While playing basketball at school, he is jostled, angepflaumt and defends itself in its own way as he tries to put the ball in his own basket. What his classmates certainly still more muster against him. Under the command of Anders (Lauri Pedaiah), the culprit is stripped almost naked, and carried in the dressing room of the girls. This is just the beginning of a whole series of tortures and humiliations to which the boy (in the next few days, the film condenses the plot exposed to seven days) provides. No one sees his suffering – except for Kaspar (Vallo Kirs), a boy from the country, which is really well integrated into the class and pretty with Thea (Paula Solvak) is in a relationship.

When Kaspar but protectively Joosep presents, evaluates the class as a betrayal and torment from now on both peers. Insidiously and Kaspar get sidelined, Thea turns away from him and take the efforts of teachers, the obvious inequities of the reason to fail because of the stubbornness of the leader Anders and speak of the inability of Kaspar and Joosep about the injustices suffered too. Above all, they fail because no one in the class are the increasingly violent tortures, humiliations and abuses is in way, but all somehow participate. To see Joosep and Kaspar no other way out than to gain by force of arms and respect, listen to …

Klass is clearly a film that shocked by the violence shown – and still missed the part of his intentions. What is less in the fasted and often almost documentary, then again very stylized look of the film lies, but rather to the vesrchiedenen exaggerations, and densities, to doubt some viewers but belonging to the credibility of the presentation. Kaspar suggests that no one except on the side of Joosep but to approve all other students in the class, the bustle of Anders and his cronies, or participate in it may be hard to believe. And that even Thea Kaspar’s friend, turns away from this, just seems, given the short time that is localized in the act, grossly exaggerated. Equally incomprehensible is the fact that despite the attacks on the corridors of Joosep in the hallways of the school, a teacher never something mitbekommt from the beatings.

We can also provide the one-dimensionality of the narrative and the representation of the massacre at the end of the film entirely into question. If Joosep in one scene, the brand emblems from his sweatshirt cut and says now that he was unlike his classmates, at least a real person, then here resonates with a consumer criticism, which looks into the film like a foreign body and subsequent offenders, at least rudimentary glorified. If the two can also escaped during the massacre individual students so as to act specifically against their tormentors, then that has to do with the reality of many similar acts little.

May also offer just these apparent anomalies and blunders of the film a chance to use it: As a starting point for information and discussions with students, at which point the history of the participants could have responded differently to react. In several screenings of the film, the director reported that students had been crying and been deeply affected. What the film has reached its goal, yes. Even if he survived – not only because of the cruelty displayed and the basic failure of any communication – a very ambivalent feeling.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Klass – Chronicle of a Disaster Country of production: Estonia Year of production: 2007 Length: 98 (Min) Published by: Ascot Elite Home Entertainment format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 2.0, German EAN: 4048317358960 Tools: Trailer

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