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Houston (2013)

A German corporate headhunter travels to Houston, Texas, in pursuit of a renowned oil company CEO, only to have his life fall apart.

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Bastian Günther

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Bastian Günther (screenplay), Emily Lundin (additional dialogue: USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Tukur ... Clemens Trunschka
Garret Dillahunt ... Robert Wagner
Jenny Schily ... Christine Trunschka
Wolfram Koch ... Borgmann
Jason Douglas ... Ringer
Jens Münchow ... Hannes
Jennifer Almaguer ... Houston Petrol Receptionist
Edgar Arreola ... Mr. Ramos
Julin ... Jessie (as Julin Jean)
Ricky Catter ... Security Guard #1
Scottie Jefferies ... Security Guard #2 (as Scott Jefferies)
Rocfielle Living ... Security Guard #3 (as Roc Living)
Kasey James ... Hotel Valet
Cheryl Stell Cheryl Stell ... Ringer's Mistress
Maurizio Magno Maurizio Magno ... Jonas
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Clemens Trunschka is a corporate headhunter who struggles with alcoholism. He is forced from the support of home when he must leave the country for work. This sends Trunschka plunging headlong down the rabbit hole & into innermost darkness. Written by Anonymous

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Robust and worth-watching film on a man's quest to self-awareness
19 January 2014 | by starman9See all my reviews

The film starts with a major headhunting project for Clem (Ulrich Tukur, prev. at The Life of Others): he needs to approach and propose a new corporate job offer to a big oil company CEO. The more elusive this task becomes, the harder becomes for Clem to cope with his deeply-rooted problems. He's a middle-aged man squeezed in the margins of the corporate world with no true orientation on how to deal with family issues or even drinking. His last resort becomes a trip to Houston, Texas, a totally unfamiliar territory from the German structured ambient which triggers a major challenge on his life scope.

There are many screenplay virtues in Bastian Gunther's screenplay which truly shine on Clem's self-help scenes and especially in those with the sharp contrast between Clem's attitude to success in life compared to Robert's (Garret Dillahunt), a lonely hotel businessman who somehow connects with Clem and becomes his aide in the search for the CEO.

The hotel loneliness scenes depiction is superb -highligeted by Tukur's esoteric performance easily comparable to Bill Murray's in Lost in Translation) and combined with the fact that Clem's desperate hunt becomes progressively engaging for the viewer, make this European art film truly robust and worthy.


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