Die Leichten Zeiten Sind Vorbei (1984)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Filmed with the eye of an ad man, the camera angles and approaches to scenes in this drama, as well as the lighting and color, reflect the preceding career of director Ulli Weiss in the advertising business. The story is straightforward and unexceptional, about two friends who have been living a fairly carefree existence. Harry (Heinze Honig) is now driving a cab at night because the woman he loved left him, and he has no desire to follow a traditional career. He sees his friend Pit (Jan Fedder) on a daily basis, and when they are not talking together or working, Pit is with his lover -- a rock and roll singer -- and Harry is chasing after women. Pit is a glass artist whose sculpture has not been selling at all recently, and to make matters worse, the woman he loves is now having an affair with someone else. Faced with the same crisis his friend had before him, Pit disappears from sight for awhile. When Harry catches up with him again, circumstances have changed. Harry has become seriously interested in an older, responsible woman and Pit has discovered the realities of manual labor (that pays). For all intents and purposes, it looks as though the carefree days are over for both friends.



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