LFF | “Tiger Girl” Review

9 October, 2017

Director: Jakob Lass
Writers: Jakob Lass, Eva-Maria Reimer, Ines Schiller, Hannah Schopf, Nicholas Woche
Director of Photography: Timon Schäppi
Cast: 
Ella Rumpf, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Enno Trebs

Synopsis: A trainee security guard with a kind-hearted nature experiences an extreme change in character after she befriends a boisterous young woman who encourages her to terrorise the city under the guise of authority.

Tiger Girl Review:

A film with few comedic drawbacks but one that struggles to convey a deeper meaning beyond its persistent antisocialism, “Tiger Girl” aggravates and vandalises, initiating countless brawls in the name of humour but never once slicing into the meat of its subject matter. Lesser than the sum of its parts with a weakness for delinquency, the film wrestles with its lack of compassion for others, allowing its characters to become bullies with bruises for brains whose fleeting affection for one another goes unmet by Jakob Lass’ inability to do justice to their individual stories.

Like an itch that cannot be scratched, “Tiger Girl” fails to catch the glaring potential for romance between its leading ladies, sweeping a theoretically wonderful subplot under the rug as it hunts for further locals to terrorise and more property to trash. Despite inferring same-sex attraction from the get-go as the self-assured ‘Tiger’ saves good girl ‘Vanilla’ from a potentially embarrassing sexual encounter with a man, the film’s butchy temperament becomes lost on a pile of screenwriters who misinterpret the power of Ella Rumpf’s scene-stealing performance, along with her potential to play the James Dean of baseball-bat-wielding lesbians.

Feeling standard where it could be ground-breaking, “Tiger Girl” will likely baffle viewers outside of its home country whose encounter with this bizarre German drama can easily be interpreted as a rude, random, and somewhat frustrating experience. Spitting in the face of its audience and kicking them to the floor, the film comes across as fierce, unafraid, but utterly lost, neglecting to communicate a clear message beyond punches and punchlines and feeling daring yet entirely skin-deep in all its confusion.

 

   

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