3 Degrees Colder (3 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

(Florian Hoffmeister, Germany, 2005) 103min

Jan (Sebastian Blomberg) returns to his hometown of Nuremberg after disappearing years before while holidaying in Spain. How will his ex-girlfriend, Marie (Bibiana Beglau), his friends and family cope with the past intruding on their present? Especially now that Marie’s moved on socially and materially, even if her feelings haven’t. The EIFF programme compares Hoffmeister’s film with those of Antonioni, but such invidious comparisons may lead us to the faintest of praise. This is an efficient, effective thirtysomething crisis film, told with crisp, visual élan. Hoffmeister, however, doesn’t, as Pasolini said of Antonioni, ‘make the camera felt.’ So what we have, really, is just the story. With a cued score to guide us emotionally, and a resolved, almost therapeutic conclusion, the film deserves our time, but not really much reflection. Antonioni, as the re-released The Passenger illustrates, still demands our attention thirty years after the event. (Tony McKibbin)

Cineworld, 623 8030, 25 Aug, 7.15pm, £7.95 (£5.20).

This article is from 2006.

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