Weil ich ein Dicker bin

Filmstill Because I’m Fat

Because I’m Fat

Weil ich ein Dicker bin
Christiane Hein
Retrospective
Documentary Film
GDR
1988
20 minutes
German
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None
No Premiere

“Everyone says fat people eat too much. But it’s not that simple”, Christiane Hein states at the beginning of her film which follows seven-year-old Robert Becher from Erfurt in his struggle against excess pounds. The stages include a dieting sanatorium complete with “juice day”, humiliating physical education lessons at school and a visit to relatives in the country where Robert experiences a life without teasing and self-punishment. This is where the boy lets go – not easy when thoughts of weight fence one’s life in. Again and again, director Hein inserts scales as a symbolic image reminiscent of a guillotine-like torture instrument. A compassionate portrait.


Carolin Weidner

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Christiane Hein
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Sebastian Richter
Christiane Hein
Eberhard Brandenburg
Günter Sommer
Erhard Dormeyer

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