Urville

Urville

           Urville
               Genre: Documentary
               City, Utopia, living together
  Is it the ideal city? Who knows? Director Angela Christlieb has certainly been looking after her. And cast a refreshing light-docu-fiction to the screen, which impresses by her loving humor. Urville is many things in one: documentation, because the people who are in it, very real. Fiction, because play fantasies, desires and utopias a central role. Comedy, because the interviewed people are funny guys. And experimental film, because everything is very playful and tells in part with funds alienating. The director goes into its second full-length film on a trip to three French villages, all the hot “Urville”. These small communities are part of only 60 or 150 people still very real, but at the same time mythically inflated. But with swings in the name of “Urville” something like the “Ur-city” or the “Ur-village”, so the thought of a nucleus of all human society. And that is also something of a model or a model or ideal. “Urville” in the Vosges level is the first stop. The place is so small that the mayor first time bring the orphaned sign out of the barn in order to prove to the film crew that it is the right place. In his village would be very harmoniously together, says the cheerful mayor – and adds in the next breath that the world is four kilometers again completely different look. Since we have, therefore, our desire for the peaceful, ideal world, after the idyllic small manageable amid a hostile environment in which everyone can be happy in his own way. Would not that wonderful? Everyone would be free, all have the same rights, no longer would have to be poor and the champagne came from the tap. In our second “Urville” – that is in the Champagne – at least the matter seems to be solved before in the champagne for all. The winery is located there seems to be so good that the villagers the noble brew supposedly get free champagne per line home delivered. This, they say it with incalculable wink, health care will be raised to an unexpected level. Because the help of champagne against both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. , But also in the third “Urville” must not starve the lucky residents. This is in the Calvados and is, according to the Mayor, the most beautiful village in the world. Here among other things, the world champion of tripe has his business. And who’s culinary specialty is too heavy in the stomach, which can carry at any time with the famous apple brandy from the region of his digestion. Between their village visits – beautifully staged by a loss of control device cuts – the director recordings from another “Urville”. This is a recognizable fictional city, much larger and more colorful than the French province. Here there are, as we are assured that this voice, a life that would make even the proud mayor (s) fade from the real villages with envy. The divorce rate is at 0.7 percent, the prisons were abolished and everyone has a fundamental right to own apartment. This all sounds very funny and clever, these chains have targeted the Association assembled scattered visual joke, too. At the same time directs Angela Christlieb the view of a more universal world of fantasies, legends and stories. What would we be without these excesses, which we know also that they can not stand the test of reality. What would we be without all these strong character types with their sometimes quirky ideas that Angela Christlieb was able to get a surprising number before the camera? What would be our villages and cities without all this variegation of life plans? Perhaps well-organized and planned. But by no means ideal. (Peter Gutting)
  Title: Urville Country of production: , Germany, France Year of Production: 2009 Length: 81 (Min.)

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