Saturday Night in Berlin
Greek director, Stratos Tzitzis’ “Night Out” takes us to Berlin on a Saturday night where we meet a mix of hetero and gay singles, couples and polyamorous pairs all looking for fun and satisfaction. They explore both the city and their relationships for different reasons. They become part of the heart of a frenetic night where anything goes. Berlin’s infamous nightlife has always inspire filmmakers from all over the world yet this is a new attempt to capture the one thing that seems to be the city’s main trademark.
This film is centered on the more lustful aspects of the nightlife. The characters wanders off into the night from house parties, etc. and enter sex shops visits and go to street parades, to dance sessions by the river and to underground punk concerts. As the day comes to a close, they end up at the KitKat Club and are wearing much less clothing than when they set out.
On Saturday nights in Berlin, the city comes to life. Art gallery owner Felix (Thomas Kellner) shows his star artist Michael (Martin Moeller) and his enterprising wife Sarah (Alexandra Zoe) the hottest clubs, while Lena (Sulaika Lindemann) and her lover Ingrid meet the Syrian Amir, whose initial shyness irritates her to ever new erotic games. Martha (Mara Scherzinger) and Sebastian (Jenz Weber) try to find an investor in the nightlife and the young Layla (Katerina Clark) searches in the clubs for the father of her unborn child. During a night of dancing in the sex club KIT KAT, their paths cross and unravel as they take part in a party which none of them will ever forget ..
With a few nice scenes on gender diversity and, of course, the nightlife that seems so important to Berlin, I was reminded of the decadence of Berlin before the second World War. We see liberation with those who went to the clubs but we also see the morbidity of a city that is overburdened. We sense that once the fun is coming to end , it degenerates into debauchery and tastelessness. A problem I had was not getting to know the characters. We do not get their background stories so all we know is what we see in the 88 minute length of “Night Out”, the individual characters are not brought into a multi-layered causal connection with the celebrations, which are beyond the search for fun and sexual innovation. They seem completely detached from it, as if it were an essential coincidence that in the end all characters end up in KitKat.
The locations and nor t the characters are in the foreground are not the characters. We see Berlin through her clubs and this can be a bitmonotonous . The image of Berlin and the party scene is that everyone is welcome, everyone can have fun and everyone can find something. The film revolves around itself as a city with big nightlife. We do not develop understanding, attraction or dislike for the film. We experience the film but I doubt that this will stay with us.