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Robert Thalheim's comedy drama, in which a down-and-out father reunites with his 15-year-old son after several years, has as much to say about the continuing economic fallout following the merger of east and west Germany as it does about father-son relationships. Milan Peschel gives a complex, engrossing performance as the father, who fantasizes about getting into the security industry after his small electronics repair shop goes under. He's pathetically clueless about even formatting a resumé, and roles are reversed as his son coaches him on getting a job. Thalheim peppers his story with indifferent, nearly silent characters who listen as the father rants about Western influences destroying the heart and soul of Germany. Ironically, his idol is a German country-and-western singer whose poster hangs on the wall of his decrepit apartment, and Clint Eastwood becomes his role model he as tries to shake his low self-esteem. With Sebastian Butz. In German with subtitles. 87 min.

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