Distant Lights (2004)
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as LKW Fahrer
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Anothe proof of the fact that being realistic isn't enough for a movie to be good
So real...a portrait of human condition. Left us waiting for more when the credits appeared... The drive for survival prevails in Polland, Ucraine, Gemany, as well as in this side of the river. We all have the same basic low instincts, same inner questions, fears and fights.
The hope tomorrow brings is that it will not be today. Ignorance is bliss because in it we can project our deepest desires, and experience is not there to tell us they cannot be satisfied. And the bright city lights can be so seductive, always leading us on, always just a bit farther away, always just out of reach. Lichter is about a group of people who are convinced or have managed to convince themselves that they can push through, that by sticking to their guns and staying on course they will eventually make it out the other side. If they manage to or not is not the point, their singleminded obsession driven by a need to matter, to be significant in some way, to live up to their idea of themselves, is. Interlocking four main storylines (like "Crash" if you will) the film never descends to a level of preachiness. Yes, there are comments on Polish-German relations and illegal immigration, but the film, at its core, is about a group of people who share the same folly/glory. This played at a local film festival a few years back to mostly indifferent reactions. I found it to be one of the best films I saw there, and I saw the vast majority of them.
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