Kanakerbraut (1983)

Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This well-crafted, carefully-wrought film details the downward spiral of a loner named Paul (Peter Franke) who slowly succumbs to a worsening depression after his wife leaves him. Paul works part-time, goes to peep-shows, lives in a run-down room, and spends his time drinking beer in the bar at night. When he meets Lisa (Brigitte Janner) it almost looks as though he will pull himself up by the bootstraps -- until his aloof behavior does nothing to keep Lisa from going off with someone else. Paul reverts to his old ways, and even tries to rob one of the places where he used to work -- but fails. In the end, there seems to be no hope for his future.



abandonment, decadence, depression, loner