Im Himmel ist die Hölle los (1984)

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Teenage girl idolises television game show host, and gets a chance to be his assistant


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13 December 2006 | ann-ty
| Is it trying to be sarcastic?
"Im Himmel ist die Hölle los" is a film trying to be sarcastic and bright. It has however everything what a bad film has - poor cast, amateurish director, unskilled editor and mediocre scenario.

Mimi Schrillmann (Billie Zöckler) is in love with a TV host Willi Wunder (Dirk Bach). She is young, naive and psychedelic. He is middle-aged, hooked and unavailable. They are both fat and ugly.

She lives in a small town in Germany and her life consists of going to school where nobody likes her, eating and getting bored in front of TV. She has no father (I wonder if it has any deeper meaning...), her mother (Barbara Valentin) has an affair with their neighbor (Harry Baer). He has a manlike wife (Walter Bockmayer) and a either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse daughter Elke (Cleo Kretschmer), who is also in love with Willy Wunder, like all the people in the world.

Willi Wunder has a kitsch TV-program and a pretty assistant Vanessa played by Beate Hasenau (it's funny-she's the only pretty person in the film). His assistant (Ralph Morgenstern) ensures him drugs and deals with his problems.

I must say that for the first twenty minutes happens nothing, but it seems to be nicely psychedelic (because of Mimmi and Willy Wunder Show). But the film gets duller. Even if the deliberately kitsch scenes make you laugh they do it only for few minutes. Showed constantly are getting tiring.

Willy Wunder comes to Mimmi's time to do his show there. Because of Vanessa's big demands Willy (or rather his assistant) "fires" her. Now he is looking for a new one and Mimmi is trying to get this job.

I watched this film because of the title actually. And I am disappointed. The characters are as strange as it is possible, probably because the writer had no idea how to build a good plot. This film is a big mess actually. To make something ironic it must be at first bright and intelligent, not over-original. "Im Himmel ist die Hölle los" pretends to be sarcastic and mock at TV-society. Well, the director failed. And a beautiful title is wasted.

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Release Date:

31 October 1984



Country of Origin

West Germany

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