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Abendland / Nightfall

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Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
2.20 /10
Verena Jasch, Wolfgang Michael,

Directed by: Fred Keleman
Written by: Fred Keleman

Released: 1999
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Germany
Colour: C
Length: 140

A sadistically slow, grindingly grim depiction of a Middle-European society sinking into a mire of drink, sleaze, prostitution, paedophile abuse and child murder.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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German director Fred Kelemen's Abendland won awards at Film Festivals, but the people who really deserve prizes are those who can stick to the end of its two hours 20 minutes. It's the kind of movie where everyone spends long, long, long minutes staring desperately into space in a state of profound existential despair - and that's the audience. I whiled away the three or four months I spent watching it, trying to work out which was the most ludicrously doom-laden line of dialogue. It's a close-run thing, but the winner has to be: "I've just raped my budgerigars". Herr Kelemen hereby joins my list of pseudo-intellectual numbskulls whose work is to be avoided at all costs.

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