Palermo Shooting

Palermo Shooting
               Genre: Drama
  Actually, this film is a love declaration from Wim Wenders to Campino, singer of Die Toten Hosen. The two men are friends for a long time, and now the director has set a monument to the punk rocker, which is beyond its musical creativity.

Of course it was not the concern of Wenders ‘film’, a musician, but he has created for itself with Finn, the protagonist Campino alias, an alter ego, that after a traumatic Fast-death experience the sense of Life rethinks.

Finn, renowned celebrity photographer, has a strict schedule. Involved between photo shoots, teaching and constant stress, he has nothing to do with slowness and leisure too. He commutes between his camera and his down-home designer and her ordinary life and can hardly abgewinnen something. Only the music that he constantly sucks on headphones in itself, is his moment of relaxation. It is cinematically beautiful and acoustically well implemented, because each time the Finn earplugs or purely raussteckt, is the typical noise to hear what occurs when the small speakers are plugged into the ear or be pulled out. Pfffft sounds like the whole thing, and the viewer is directly in the hearing organ of hineinkatapultiert Finn. A motif that is repeated constantly throughout the film. This allows the photographer hineinbeamen into his own world that has little to do with the outside world and indulge in his visions of the ultimate photograph. Constantly, the camera is ready to fire, even if he is sitting in his convertible. Moves up to the fateful evening when Finn from A to B, want to make a panoramic radiograph, while latent drift off the roadway. His luck, because if he had gone ahead, would have made him head of Wikitravel. The shock runs deep and it just creates a workaholic nor his car parked on the road edge. From that moment on the clock suggests otherwise for him. His whole life was slow and ultimately leads him into a rethink.

The next shoot in Palermo, he used to turn off finally. Come to rest, reflection and experience to meet people. But not only men but also spirits and death. Here Wim Wenders pulls all registers of the fantastic filming, because Finn is found soon back in a race with death named Frank. This apart, it has seemed to him personally – played by Dennis Hopper – and blamed him that the Wikitravel action has not led to the desired death, or he feels misunderstood as death. Fate and chance play a role in this moment, and the film as it does on the model of thought that determine, for each of us, these two factors, the life. But not only lives but also photography, for, as Walter Benjamin already noted, is photography an unpredictable product, the result is not taxable. This is contrary to the ideas Fins, of his works are all digitally processed and it sees only the external image of an object. In contrast to his new acquaintance, the restorer Flavia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), which tries to reconstruct detailgerecht years building a painting. It is the absolute opposite of Fin Nevertheless, the two people meet and there, something like a love story.

Unfortunately, the constant stress is in the Finn to cinematically hardly implemented. Only when the first shooting, which the photographer with Milla Jovovich, at least partially clear the energy and pressure, which is located in Finland. Hectic activities, shouting instructions and irritated comments illustrate assistant, lives in what house and hectic world of celebrity photographer. This should have been clearly implemented, both from script and from the main characters. Finn is too quiet at all, much more than that the real message of the film – Business man in the chronic stress – would have prevailed. From the beginning, the figure of the Finn is created too shallow, the conflicts he austrägt with its environment must be balanced and the handling of his ex-lover turns into farce. Better is the lay-actors, the role of the refined and thoughtful man who turns to near-death experience after another, namely, slower life.

The movie still lives by the usual Wender’schen attributes: the interplay between dream and reality, and a bizarre story and the worsening of the protagonists. Unfortunately, Campino can not meet the requirements and especially in scenes with Dennis Hopper his acting deficiencies are more than evident. That is more than unfortunate, as the punk rocker is obviously kameratauglich, but probably still more for music journalists. If a movie is explicitly suspended by a figure, then the audience also expects an explicitly good actor. This is unfortunately not the case. Too bad for the movie!

(Silvy Pommerenke)

Title: Palermo Shooting Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2008 Length: 109 (Min) of material: ( #) Senator Film Distribution ISBN: 0886973826799

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