St. Pauli Nacht (1999)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Ensemble Film, Psychological Drama, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |  
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Acclaimed German director Soenke Wortmann spins this cleverly constructed, sumptuously shot crime drama set in St. Pauli, Hamburg's notorious red light district. The film opens with a gang of thugs dumping someone's ashes in the harbor. One of the group, brash punk Johnny (Benno Fuermann) crosses town in a cab driven by Robby (Ill-young Kim). As the film jumps from one story to the next, Robby and his taxi emerge as the central thread that holds the film together. Later, a naked man with a gun terrorizes a crowded street and accidentally kills Johnny. The film immediately dives into the naked man's history before moving on to the movie's sundry other outcasts and miscreants such as brassy transvestite Roberta, disaffected punk Sven, and sleazy club owner Billi. With a cool, almost clinical eye, Wortmann artfully cuts back and forth through both space and time as his characters are systematically picked off.

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criminal, taxi, cab-driver, transvestite, nightclub

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High Production Values