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Meds, The (Mediocren, Die)

Meds, The

A tragicomedy about the adventures of two men and 2 women - the meds - who'd rather be anything than healthy, happy and mediocre. They all live in a large city in West Germany and are "Wessies" to the core. Precocious, disillusioned, morally eroded, politically bored and sexually sated. They spend their time playing out melancholic variations on a theme of love, trusting neither themselves nor anyone else. Always on the run from the next compromise, they are all caught up in the mid-twenties crisis. In the midst of all this depression, one day, the suspicion arises that one of them is in fact a closet "Ossie", a liar and betrayer, an undercover agent and spy, a neo-Nazi or at least a Stalinist ... And suddenly the ghost of racism catches our enlightened, liberal meds off guard - because if there's anything worse than a German, it's being an East German. An absurd spiral of accusations, hearings and fear of being suspected follows. Then they all pull themselves together once more for a journey into the unknown reaches of east Germany - which, however, ends in disaster...
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1995
Director Matthias Glasner
Screenplay Matthias Glasner
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Miles Fender, Marcel Peragine
Oliver Probst
Cast Jasmin Tabatabai, Jürgen Vogel, Dani Levy, Andreja Schneider, Benjamin Barge
Producers Jürgen Vogel, Bernd Medek
Production Companies NDR/Hamburg, Jack Film- und Musikproduktion/Hamburg
Runtime 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 95 (Panorama)
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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