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An aimless high school graduate (Constantin von Jascheroff) in a small German town can't land a job, please his obtuse, nagging parents, or score with the girl he admires. He's jolted out of his boredom after seeing the grisly aftermath of an accident and on a whim writes an anonymous letter saying he caused it. The secret thrills he gets watching the media coverage of his false claim soon submerge his sense of failure, and he starts spinning lies about his love life and drifting into rape fantasies. Christoph Hochhäusler's subdued drama is as much an indictment of bourgeois complacency as it is an examination of psychological crisis, but it lacks a resonant finish. In German with subtitles. 86 min.

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