John Cook – Ich Schaff’s Einfach Nimmer AKA I Just Can’t Go On (1973)

“John Cook found the subject of his first documentary in front of his doorstep. In order to pierce the heart of reality you do not need the largest bow – the protagonists and their story are simply too stimulating to pass them by. The janitor Gisi and Petrus – half her age, a gypsy , boxer and delinquent – are an unusual couple of the film , surrounded by a bunch of children . Today we would say that “I Just Can’t Go On” is a film about about precarity . It might be more precise to gescribe Gisi and Petrus as belonging to the class of the “outsiders” who at the margins of society build an enclave constantly threatened to tumble . Gisi works to her limit ; she cleans the house during the day and takes care of the children in the evening . Petrus shifts between energy-sapping occasional jobs and his boxing training , none of which he ever finishes successfully .
But working relations are only relevant as they relate to the possibility of a different life . Cook did not make a conventional social documentary : in “I Just Can’t Go On” people are not crushed by their circumstances without being able to reflect on them.”

766MB | 50 min 20 s | 768×576 | mkv


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