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A hapless unemployed man chickens out of a planned store holdup but, still wearing his mask, is taken for a robber by a tailor and decides to hold him and a customer hostage, pleading for more money than the tailor has on him. This 2000 Austrian feature doesn't really succeed as comedy, but the trio's general incompetence, their crazy shifts between antagonism and empathy, and their uncontrolled discomfort (one defecates in his pants) do generate an oppressive sense of hopeless absurdity. Florian Flicker directed; in German with subtitles. 85 min.

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