Don’t worry, weglaufen geht nicht

A film by Gus van Sant. In eng­lish with ger­man subtitles

John has a pen­chant for off-colour jokes – and a drin­king pro­blem. And so, when some­bo­dy he met at a par­ty sug­gests they go on an all-night ben­der in L.A. he sim­ply can’t refu­se. But after fal­ling asleep in a drun­ken stu­por on his drin­king buddy’s pas­sen­ger seat, he wakes up the next morning in hos­pi­tal, a quadriple­gic. Becoming a wheel­chair user for life at the age of 21, he now requi­res every last drop of his sen­se of humour to redis­co­ver mea­ning in his exis­tence. He is aided by Annu who brings back his lust for life, as well as Donny, a hip­pie who­se uncon­ven­tio­nal Alcoholics Anonymous mee­tings draw tog­e­ther peop­le from all walks of life and help them see things from a who­le new per­spec­ti­ve. John dis­co­vers beau­ty and humour in the depths of human expe­ri­ence and uses his artis­tic talent to turn the­se dis­co­ve­ries into bril­li­ant­ly obser­ved cartoons.
Gus Van Sant’s bio­pic is based on the memoi­rs of car­too­nist John Callahan. This is a ten­der, melan­cho­ly yet hope-fil­led and life-affir­ming fic­tio­n­a­li­sed por­trait of a life of limi­ta­ti­ons. As in many of his films, here too Van Sant addres­ses the search for iden­ti­ty in the envi­rons of social sub­cul­tures and unusu­al milieus.

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Credits:
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
USA 2018, 113 Min., engl. OmU
Regie, Buch: Gus Van Sant
Kamera: Christopher Blauvelt
Schnitt: Gus Van Sant, David Marks
Mit:
Joaquin Phoenix (John Callahan)
Jonah Hill (Donny)
Rooney Mara (Annu)
Jack Black (Dexter)
Mark Webber (Mike)
Udo Kier (Hans)
Carrie Brownstein (Suzanne)
Beth Ditto (Reba)
Kim Gordon (Corky)

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