Der Toderspringer (1985)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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First-time director Benno Trachtmann's Jumper is as inscrutable as its title. The leading characters (once we've established who they are) spend most of their time reacting passively to any and all calamities befalling them. We suppose that this is some sort of avant-garde statement about mankind's helplessness in the face of a cruel, impersonal World, but we wouldn't bet on it. Described in most source books as an "experiment," the film may well be a work in progress; certainly none of the problems posed are ever solved. Originally titled Der Todesspringer, Jumper appears to be Benno Trachtmann's only film.



life-story, meaning-of-life, slice-of-life