Fiction

SPIELE LEBEN

YOU BET YOUR LIFE
Antonin Svoboda
AUT, CH 2005
95min
V'05

Kurt is a manipulative compulsive gambler whose life is spiralling out of control. A man with no limits or discipline, he makes the extreme decision to put his very life on the line by allowing dice to dictate his destiny. Kurts existence revolves around money: winning it, losing it, borrowing it, paying it back. He hustles, schemes and dreams day in and day out, but Kurts all-consuming addiction jeopardizes his relationship with his girlfriend, Manu. After seeing a television special about Mozarts legendary system of composing music using dice, Kurt vows to let the dice determine every choice he will make hereafter, each number representing a possible option. This process gets him job offers and soon leads him to Tanja, a sexy, unruly drug addict whom he implicates in his increasingly obsessive game. But while it seems that luck is on his side and Kurt will redeem himself, living by such an arbitrary method can only lead to chaos and mania and he may just drag his new lover down with him. Spiele Leben, the first feature by Austrian director Antonin Svoboda, is an intense examination of what happens when a man stops playing by societys rules and leaves his fate to chance. (Dimitri Eipides)

Credits
  • Georg Friedrich - Kurt
  • Birgit Minichmayr - Tanja
  • Gerti Drassl - Manu
  • Andreas Patton - Franz
  • Michael Rastl - Vater
  • Claudia Martini - Elvira
  • Antonin Svoboda
  • Dietmar Zuson
  • Martin Gschlacht
  • Oliver Neumann
  • Christof Dienz
  • Veronika Merlin
  • Silvia Pernegger
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