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This will definitely be the next sleeper on international screens – after the fake seriousness of "Live of Others", now life in Germany as it really is: mysterious, erotic, adventurous, dangerous. It is apparent that a film in which a little boy seeks to escape from an afterlife in hell or purgatory, facing eternal fire torture by a bunch of rabbit ghouls longing  for vengeance for their untimely death, by trying get his primary school teacher laid, or alternatively by achieving artistic immortality and becoming a rock guitarist, must be a voice heard by the world. Time will tell, but it may well be that the scene where the kid’s father is crawling stark naked under the table to escape from the gift of a birthday cake, only to meet the love of his life down there, will be quoted as the scene where German cinema finally breathed life again after decades lost to the dark valleys of Werner Herzog’s narcissm and Bernd Eichinger’s … ehm … narcissm. I see a curious mixture of traditionalism and at the same time utter ignorance of moral authority, a big creative liberty to fight the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune the rural Bavarian way that makes films like "Wer frueher stirbt…", or "Dahoam sterben die Leit" the peak of cinematic storytelling – what I mean is… hilarious fun to watch!

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  1. Hi I just happened to find this blog on the internet while attempting to find out if Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot is available in the U.S., with or without English subtitles (preferably with). I speak German and saw this film during my year abroad in Berlin, but I would love to be able to a) watch it again and b) share it with friends! If you have any info regarding this, please post on my blog: Thanks!Christina

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