Of all the new crop of films by new German directors, this first film by Peter Fleischmann has attracted the most attention, and is based upon a prizewinning play by 25-year-old Martin Sperr. Hunting Scenes from Bavaria is a contemporary political play, which, in its broadest viewpoint, is an examination of the social order and its morals. It is set in Lower Bavaria, not because that particular locale is the source of the actions taking place in the film, but because the overall pattern of behavior in German village life was the best way to illustrate a certain sociological process: the hunting or persecution of human beings who, because of certain peculiarities, are living outside of the social order. The subject of aggression is at the center of Fleischmann’s film, and it is fascinating and horrifying to watch the interchangeability of victims in this story of inbred vindictiveness among the villagers of Unholzing. In this idyllic-seeming place, everyone knows and depends upon on everyone else, and in such a closed community, a defect becomes an evil—a mistake, a sin. When Abram, a young mechanic returns to the village after having lived and worked in the city, it is soon learned that he has served a jail term for sexual inversion. This information sets everything into motion.
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