Fette Welt (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Jan Schuette directed this German drama about Munich street people. Middle-class dropout Hagen (Juergen Vogel), a policeman's son, hangs with various small-time thieves and hustlers, including hooker Liane (Sibylle Canonica). Jealous tramp Edgar (Lars Rudolph) is obsessed with Liane. Hagen's only link to the people of his past is sympathetic cop Schandorf (Ernst Stoetzner), who was a friend of his father. Joining the gang is 15-year-old Berlin runaway Judith (Julia Filiminow), who's attracted to Hagen. After the two are arrested while having sex on a train, Hagen is threatened with possible charges of abducting a minor, and Judith is sent back to Berlin. Learning Liane is now a wealthy man's mistress, the distraught Edgar goes over the edge and follows Liane to a park, where he stabs her. Later, employed and rehabilitated, Hagen is haunted by memories of Judith and travels to Berlin in an effort to locate her. Shown in competition at the 1998 Locarno Film Festival.