Solo Sunny (1980)

Solo Sunny (1980)

Released: 1980
Genre: Drama, Genre, Music
Starring: Dieter Montag, Alexander Lang, Renate Krößner, ,
Run time: 104 min
IMDb: 7/10
Country: East Germany
Views: 196873


Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life as a whole. She begins a relationship with the amateur saxophonist and studied philosopher Ralph who writes her a very personal song – but his obsession with death and unfaithful lifestyle is not for her. After getting into a quarrel with a band member who harasses her and telling off a show-host she is thrown out of the band. Abandoned, she struggles to regain control over her life.
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User Reviews: In my western German view, it’s a movie about a not very smart woman, with a talent for singing, surrounded by mostly not especially intelligent people, in a communist country where intelligentsia was either toeing the one-party-line or regarded with suspicion. Apart from a few easily recognizable and unrealistic propaganda statements, certainly necessary to help the film pass censorship, it’s probably an honest depiction of the life of mediocre musicians in a country where art and culture where regulated by the state. It’s also very boring, because there was no freedom to do interesting things and no such opportunities anyway, I guess. If you’re not especially interested in life in the former GDR, stay away from this sad example of top-down imposed mediocrity or you will regret you wasted your time on this.

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