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Review: Vincent Wants to Sea

A quirky German road movie
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 12, 2011
2.5 2.5 Stars



Frustration and isolation are part of daily life for 27-year-old Tourette's sufferer Vincent (Florian David Fitz, who also wrote the screenplay), the sympathetic hero of this German road movie. His involuntary bursts of obscenities mean that he can't even make it through his mother's funeral. Dumped by his estranged father in a group home, Vincent is befriended by the nihilistic anorexic Marie (Karoline Herfurth). Soon they and obsessive-compulsive Alex (the Rainn Wilson-ish Johannes Allmayer) take off for Italy, where Vincent will scatter his mother's ashes in the sea. Can these three function within their stolen Saab, let alone in the outside world? Director Ralf Huettner occasionally fumbles while balancing quirky comedy and pathos. The latter concerns Marie's affliction, the tragic dimension of which Vincent gradually realizes. But Huettner makes it a romantic as well as romantic comedy by positioning the characters against an awe-inspiring landscape.

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