Eine Firma für die Ewigkeit (1984)

Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In this low-budget satire, director and writer Rolf Gmöhling has raised the flaws in the society and economy of West Germany to the heights of absurdity. The story starts off with a man released from treatment for his bad nerves after 10 years in a clinic. He then moves from one impossible encounter to another in a world he does not recognize. At this point in time, the government is no longer functioning because the Chancellor did not receive a required 5% of the vote, and the president is off in foreign lands and has not been heard from in many months. No one really does his or her job and when the ex-patient goes to the empty unemployment office, it is hard for the clerk to believe that he wants to work. In fact, after he gets a job, he is asked to appear on television because he is unique. In the meantime, the broadcasters are faking an interview with a bogus Nobel Prize winner in order to fill air time. Unfortunately, the insanity weakens and dissipates at this point, cutting back on the effect of the film.

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against-the-system, bureaucracy, corruption, government, mental-illness