Corinna Schnitt

2003, 06:00 minutes, Colour

TAPECODE 1081.05

Two children are the main actors. They have a picnic in a park and talk with each other about love and memory. Playful and with subtle irony, the film shows ideas of love and romanticism.

“It’s spring, two children lie on the grass, leading a peculiar sort of love dialogue. They exchange trite phrases like, “Listen to your heart,” and clichéd notions like “Be romantic for once!”, but also try out gender specific dialogue roles and modes of behavior in a playful way. Then the camera pulls back from the site of action, and the romantic garden proves from a distance to be the small grassy surface of a traffic island, an island of escape of traditional love fantasies in the midst of noisy reality, staged images of longing on the stage of the imaginary. The “island of lovers,” this paradise, proves to be a product of conditioning and media phantasms of the idyll of relationship. The artificiality of the situation results from the dialogues, which seem to be taken from other films or instructions, and have nothing to do with the actors. The discrepancy between language and the speaking subjects points to the stereotypical schemata of communication that still have to be trained or completed by the actors, next time.”
-Sabine Winkler, Writer

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