Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
One of the most difficult tasks a high school teacher faces is to generate interest amongst bored students. This is the initial focus of this German drama. Herr Pilgrim, a language skills, teacher, is trying to fire up his students. But his students are not so easily roused. The class is divided itself into two distinct camps, based on styles of rock-n-roll groups. The first group rallies around the skin-head metal band The Smashers. Their leader is Thommy, a boy from the wealthiest family in town. The second group favors Fresh Familee, a multicultural band comprised of Turkish-German rap singers. When Mamba, a young man with affectations of James Dean, transfers into the class he must decide which group to join. That he is attracted to Thommy's ex-girlfriend Nadja, does not help matters. Herr Pilgrim wants to bring the two sides together and so decides to have them stage Romeo and Juliet because it is such an obvious metaphor for the class behavior.
boredom, gang-war, love, star-crossed-lovers, student, teacher