The story follows Hans (Hans Hirschmüller), a fruit merchant who, with his taller and vaguely oppressive wife (Irm Hermann), lives a static and uninteresting life hawking plums and tomatoes from a cart. He hires a salesman but he cheats him. His woman won't even let him have an affair -- even though she's sleeping with the help. Eventually Hans tunes life out altogether, and at a grand family dinner, downs a few dozen shots of liquor, which promptly kills him on the spot.
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Hanna Schygulla plays Maria, who marries her beau Hermann (Klaus Löwitsch) toward the end of WWII, just as he's being shipped off to fight for the Nazis. When Hermann disappears, presumed dead, Maria soberly gives up her search for him in favor of taking a job as a prostitute at a dancehall/brothel for American soldiers stationed there. Hermann's sudden return finds her in bed with a large, black G.I., and Maria ends up killing the G.I. in a scuffle.
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I can't remember the last time I saw worse stunt editing or cheaper action movie production values than in "Extreme Ops," a virtually plotless snowboarders-vs.-terrorists waste of celluloid, so feeble in every way that its only entertainment value is in snickering at the characters' supposedly uber-hip hairstyles.
Cue-card-quality, glazed-eyed, 20-nothing actor Devon Sawa (who looks as if he's spent the two years since "Final Destination" eating donuts and smoking dope) sports a do that resembles dozens of shellacked, broken chopsticks glued to his head. Giggly Angeline Jolie look-alike Jana Pallaske is supposed to be some kind of rocker "grrrl" (her punk band intro scene is so badly dubbed you'd think she was in a Godzilla movie) but the extent of her street chick cred is a few streaks of blue in her hair.
Both play daredevil snowboarders/skiers hired by a TV commercial director (Rufus Sewell, "A Knight's Tale") to fly to Austria and outrun an avalanche for a camcorder advertisement. But when they arrive at their location -- a half-finished mountaintop resort -- they run afoul of generically scruffy Eastern European terrorists using the place as a hideout. Now they must extreme-board for their lives.
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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.