Genre: Comedy
  That teachers are deeply strange figures with alleged absurd hobbies, living in their own world, which we have already guessed since our school days. And responsible in this film from France, for the same three directors draw, our conjecture is confirmed in a most oblique and especially quietschbunte way. Fiona (Fiona Gordon) and Dom (Dominique Abel) both work as a teacher (she teaches English, he sports) at the same school somewhere in the French provinces, and are a couple. And it’s not just the love that connects the two together, but also a shared passion for Rumba competitions, from which they have already brought numerous trophies to take home. So this time, but then fate takes its course. On the drive home one Lebensmüde (Philippe Martz has worked out) the car of the pair chosen for a suicide attempt, popping while trying to evade both a wall and landed in the hospital.

The two survive, but they are left with severe injuries: Fiona loses a leg and Dom can remember nothing except the dance steps – further, he is like a child, who tags each question again who is the woman at his side. Clear that under such circumstances, the lives of the two sinks in complete chaos and is growing into a disaster, during which, among other things, the house burns down the couple. But even so, the calamities of Fiona and Dom are not yet reached the end. When trying to procure some food, disappears and is found in a cathedral Donutbude on the Atlantic Coast again, where he worked side by side with the suicidal man who is responsible for all the misery of the couple. But Fiona did not give up and goes on a search for Dom …

Colorful, richly bizarre and totally different than most of what is known – this is the Belgian-French co-production Rumba by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy (described in the film a chocolate croissant thief plays) is probably best. The bright colors remind one of a number of Pedro Almodóvar’s films, the story could just as well come from the pen of one of the last survivors of the Dada and Surrealist movements, the humor is a deep bow to the veteran French humor Jacques Tati and the staging is reminiscent of circus acts and the origins of the film at fair booths and vaudeville theaters – what a mixture.

Whether the film will also find the large audience encouragement, a whole is very questionable. You have to spend a great affinity for cabaret and vaudeville to really enjoy the fresh and bold way of narration to. Numbers and slapstick style of Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy are indeed a balm for the unspeakable by television comedians battered soul, but in a few moments ask the patience of the viewer to a severe test. Still, rarely seen in recent years, the cinema so close to its origins – and that fact so far removed from everything, which currently dominates the canvas.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Rumba Country of production: France, Belgium Year of production: 2008 Length: 77 (Min) of material: X-Hire ISBN: 5051890004710

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