Lost In Munich – BFI LFF 2015 Review

In 1938, the French President Edouard Daladier, reneged on his promise and treaty with Czechoslovakia that saw them having to surrender the Sudetenland to Germany known as the Munich Treaty, rendering their relationship to France to this day still tempestuous. Trying to soften the blow, French diplomats send Daladier’s Grey African parrot as evidence that Daladier felt guilty about the situation. However a fired down and out journalist steals the parrot after the parrot is found to repeat some unflattering remarks Daladier quoted about the Czechs, who intends to use it to revoke ill sentiment.

Giving the blasé premise and absurdist promise, the opening section of the film appears to suggest the LFF have oversold a film that feels like it was made by a student who has done one short and jumped straight into feature territory. Without wanting to spoil the film for a potential audience too much, there is a twist in the tale that gives Lost In Munich a unique facet. Slowly I begin to forgive its flaws, but although it has some witty moments they don’t give reason for essential viewing. However as the film grows, my appreciation and the volume of my laughter amplify as the intelligence and absurdness comes more apparent. It’s a film that certainly does crank up the gears as it motors along although it does take a while to really show that there is good satire and farce in the mechanics. Lost In Munich is not essential viewing but if you do see it one’s patience will be rewarded.

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Chris Aitken

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