Ich will laufen! Der Fall Dieter Baumann (2004)

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29 July 2004 | Levy
| Highly manipulative and boring as hell...
The doping case about Dieter Baumann is still a mystery, yet director Diethard Klante tries to make a case for his innocence. A former training partner is introduced as the main suspect, while not once the question is raised whether Baumann or his wife manipulated the toothpaste themselves. Klante doesn't even avoid the most manipulative methods of film-making. Take one scene for example when Baumann brings his little daughter to bed and she says that all the other kids are making fun of her, because her father used doping. He says "I'm sorry" and she replies "You don't have to. I know that you are not a doper". If you add to this that no one else than Baumann himself was used as a technical adviser on this movie, you know how credible is it. And as if the manipulation was not bad enough, the movie is a complete borefest. For a movie that has running in its title, there are surprisingly few running scenes and Baumann's olympic triumph in 1992 isn't even mentioned. Meyer does his best in playing Baumann, but Sophie Rois as his wife Isabelle is just terrible and Diethard Klante, who has shown many times that he can't direct a decent movie, gives us a story that just drags along and not once gets the viewer emotionally drawn into the story.

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