Sieben Sommersprossen 1978
Teens in a holiday-camp. First love, first sex, first self-made theatre performance of “Romeo and Julliet” – quite interesting to have a look at the east-German youth in the seventies.
This movie is pretty much as you’d expect. A bunch of teens in camp do a play about Romeo and Juliet, but off-stage a romance takes place. It’s neither badly done, nor particularly interesting or different. The high rating is a bit misleading and undeserved, as despite being a dated film, offers nothing notable for now or for then, either plot-wise or from a cinematic point of view.
It only runs 15 minutes longer than an hour, but as there are many scenes that bridge the main plot it feels a lot longer than it actually is.
I can’t say it is worthwhile seeking out this movie, it is well enough acted, but comes across as a “made for TV” film that doesn’t develop the characters well and doesn’t excite the viewer into wanting to find out what happens next, as it is all so very predictable.
Director: Herrmann Zschoche
Writers: Christa Kozik (scenario), Gabriele Herzog (dramaturge)
Stars: Kareen Schröter, Harald Rathmann, Christa Löser