Die Hunde sind schuld
Next to his mother's pampered St. Bernard, Engelbrecht (Tilo Prückner) has always felt neglected, weak and generally far too small. No wonder that even in his advanced age he fears encounters with dogs and humans and lives in isolation amidst the old furniture of his long-dead mother. Marlene (Barbara Valentin), widowed caretaker in Engelbrecht's backyard, likes the shy take-away owner. Carefully observing each other, Marlene discovers Engelbrecht's passion: the rock music of the Fifties - which was also her big time. But she has no idea of Engelbrecht's dog phobia. Near him, dogs die by the dozen from poisoned meatballs. A dog corpse is found under Engelbrecht's take-away. Carefully, tenderly, but persistently, Marlene courts Engelbrecht's attention, and gradually Engelbrecht starts to thaw. Two lonely souls dare to come out of their "shell". But now, of all times, Marlene acquires a cute little lapdog.
For German standards, a totally bizarre comedy came into being which doesn’t hold out on snappy gags and whippersnapping.
It seems as if one overlooked a pure-bred showpiece... a bizarre romance far away from any hectic present which retires into the upper echelons where every-day-life still reverberates dully.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
...The camera shots are unusual. Colour and music emanate nostalgia. A highlight for doggy-friends and haters alike.