Monday, July 26, 2010

Doris Dörrie - Nackt AKA Naked (2002)


It all starts with a simple question. “When was the last time you were really happy?”

For the three couples in Doris Dörrie's NACKT, it's not a simple question to answer. Each of the attractive, sophisticated couples is at a different stage in their relationship and in a different economic situation. One has already split up, while the other two are headed in that direction. We are introduced to each couple as they talk with each other and prepare for a dinner party. The wealthiest and perhaps unhappiest couple is hosting the other two couples.
It may not sound like a recipe for laughs, but this film is a lot of unexpected things, one of them being humor. Of course, you might expect humor from the director of the hit German comedy MÄNNER (1985), but not from a story of three unhappy couples.
I found myself alternately somber and laughing out loud during this entertaining German dialog fest. Surprisingly, since I knew that German film critics had generally panned NACKT. But that's because German film critics don't like “ein Happy-End” (that's German for “a happy ending”). But, as Dörrie herself explained in an après-film Q&A at the Berlin and Beyond film festival, her movie's ending isn't all that much of a happy ending. When all is said and done, the three couples may have some hope of staying together, but certainly no guarantee.

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