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MOVIE REVIEW: Vincent Wants to Sea

A subtitled foreign film about Tourette Syndrome

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In Vincent Wants to Sea, Vincent Gellner is played by Florian David Fitz. He’s suffering from Tourette Syndrome, so hehas fits and tantrums. This means at his mother's funeral in the opening scene, we get to see tics and cursing.

Fitz also wrote the script, and it’s chalk full of problems.When his dad, a big, bad politician (is there any other kind?), puts him in an institution, he makes his escape.He wants to scatter his mom's ashes at sea, and who better to join him on this crazy road trip than his roommate (Heino Ferch of Run Lola Run). He has OCD and is a germaphobe. They’re joined by a flirtatious patient who is anorexic (played by Karoline Herfurth fromThe Reader).Then, they're pursued around the beautiful landscapes by the head doctor and the angry father. Let the craziness ensue!

Fitz looks a lot like Adam Sandler and Ferch like Rainn Wilson. I think we have the cast in place for the American remake.I think this movie is geared towards Sandler fans. After all, we’re supposed to laugh at inappropriate outbursts and cursing as if we’re 10 years old.

There are a few laughs, and a few touching moments – but they quickly get drowned out by all the ridiculousness.

There are also some beautifully shot scenes. One has classical music blasting out of the stereo while Ferch conducts an imaginary orchestra near a foggy mountain.Another scene has the three sitting on a huge cross – a wonderful visual.

However, the songs in this were awful. Well, aside from the Strauss and Beethoven.

This movie was like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest if you took out the intelligence, humor, shockingly disturbing scenes, great acting, interesting story, antagonist … okay, it’s nothing like Cuckoo’s Nest.

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  • Rating: 1.5 of 5