Director: Til Schweiger

Germany| 2005. English subtitles. Colour. Anamorphic. Dolby digital stereo. 113 min.

Multi-hyphenate German superstar Til Schweiger (Der bewegte Mann, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door) comes up with a slickly-made romantic comedy in Barefoot, his first solo directing stint. Punchy, anti-establishment tone, with Schweiger playing a rich family’s black sheep who falls for a suicidal beauty, has rung bells with German audiences, registering more than one million admissions. Nick Keller (Schweiger) can’t hold down a job and has ‘a problem with authority.’ Working as an orderly in a psychiatric clinic, he’s followed home by one of the patients, Leila (a sparkling Johanna Wokalek), who’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after her mother’s death and starts hyper-ventilating if touched. An offbeat, strangely tender love story develops as the two hit the road away from the authorities, and Nick has to take responsibility for someone for the first time in his life. Wallpapered with star names and cameos, and with some nicely turned, wry dialogue, Barefoot has an infectious sense of fun.

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