Eight Miles High! (2008)
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It has few human insights, and those of the most obvious kind. But it is not boring. That goes for something.
The attractive but bird-brained German biopic Eight Miles High brings up the question of tone, and it never comes close to answering it. The film's tone is utterly indistinct, beyond fatuous adoration of its subject.
Eight Miles High, based on the memoirs of Uschi Obermaier, wants to be both a tangy piece of Eurosleaze and an overview of one woman's transformations from the heady days of the 1960s onward.
Like most flower-power nostalgia trips, Eight Miles High has the irksome effect of reminding the audience " whether too young or too square " that it missed out on the grooviest moment in history, man. But as these things go, this one goes with
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In "Eight Miles High," Uschi Obermaier(Natalia Avelon) is discovered at a disco in Munich by a photographer in 1968. Her mother(Petra Berndt) is absolutely apoplectic when she finds the nude photos as she is worried what the neighbors will think. Uschi takes the opportunity to hit the road with her friend Sabine(Friederike Kempter) to Berlin where Commune1 is located. Sabine soon leaves but Uschi hooks up with Rainer(Matthias Schweighofer) to practice free love which makes it kind of hard for anybody to get any sleep. Things are rocky until somebody is stupid enough to make a bomb and the police show up.(Just a quick reminder. The guy at the meeting who wants to blow everyone up is always a cop.) Uschi and Rainer emerge from the mess unscathed and are invited to hang out with the Rolling Stones.
Freely adapted from Uschi Obermaier's life story, "Eight Miles High" is not a good example of a biopic since Uschi is something of a historical footnote(a great looking footnote but still...) as a model and occasional actress who is probably of more interest to people in her native Germany. Since time immemorial, young people have wanted to escape their drab surroundings to have adventures and Uschi is no different. The movie does an admirable job of capturing her world, not condescending to the anarchists, while portraying her as a driving force that while challenging societal norms could be just as disruptive towards her friends and lovers. I'm just amazed the Rolling Stones survived her being with them.
I very much enjoyed this movie. And, it wasn't because I got to see a stunningly beautiful woman naked for extended periods. It was a fun, uninhibited ride of a movie that is no longer seen in American movies (I?m sick of American movies always trying to drive home some point ? please just entertain me and get off your high horses). If you are looking for deep meaning or characterization, you'll be disappointed. There was only one point this movie made, and it made it well ? free-living freedom can easily become loneliness.
Took me 3 start-and-stops to finish this. And I'm home sick and bed so its not really like I had anything else to do...
I'm not sure what this movie set out to accomplish. If it was indeed written with the help of the real Uschi based on her experiences; she doesnt paint a very good picture of herself. She's basically manipulative and uses her beauty to get what she wants. And then her big moment in the end when she realizes she's alone, she feels she wouldn't have done anything different. Well, fine - I wont weep for you.
The movie just sort of drags along, nude scene after nude scene, Natalia Avelon's breasts must be in every scene. I felt I should have been seeing a Russ Meyer flick. But then again a Russ Meyer movie would have been FUN.
I'll also never begin to understand how women think Keith and Mick are hot so that alone is a turnoff.
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