around their burg, as they commit boozing, bonging, shoplifting and
other random acts of terrorism, all filmed as a Dogma-styled video.
Just when viewers will probably give up on these miscreants, however,
director Jacoby Erwa shifts gears by effectively jumbling the
chronological order and also focusing on some of the teens’ parents,
along the way lending both emotional perspective and an unexpected
empathy for these Clockwork Orange-type droogies. Erwa’s
rearranged timeline also gives key moments some additional dramatic
impact and poignant resonance; if you’re wondering why these kids are
somehow connected with the relationship between a blind man (Martin
Bretschnieder) and a chatterbox hooker (Elisabeth Muller), Erwa ties up
the threads big time with a jaw-dropping revelation. Acting novices
Michael Sauseng, Simon Mostl and Angelika Schneider spark their
spontaneous performances as the troubled teens, while Birgit Doll and
Tatina Koschuting impressively flesh out the plot surprises that
emanate from their mama roles. Palace, Friday, May 2, 10:15 p.m.