“Lose Your Head”
Berlin, Drugs and Sex
Luis (Fernando Tielve) is a young Spaniard who becomes involved in the drug and sex world of Berlin. The film is based on the true story of a young man from Portugal who disappeared several years ago after having been at Berghain. Luis came to Berlin to have fun—he has just broken up with his partner and was looking for a long weekend of abandon and Berlin seems to be the ideal place to screw away his problems and meet new people. Luis strongly resembles a young Greek student who went missing and because of this he became involved in some mysterious events. What begins as an adventure becomes a chase through the streets and Luis becomes more and more lost. Paranoia and reality come together.
In Berlin, Luis meets other lost souls like himself but he is also drawn into the mystery of a missing person who closely resembles himself and his world spirals and he begins to wonder if it is real.
The movie begins as something of a romantic adventure but it turns into a creepy thriller. There are comedic, dramatic, sexy, and disturbing moments, all of which are used to further the plot. Luis is so naive that at points he seems to be less of a protagonist character than a mannequin that the directors use to show the audience the underbelly of this particular scene in Berlin. The focus is on the young people who spend their days lost in a haze of alcohol, drugs and dancing, and the dramatic consequences this life can have on a person.
Luis does a lot of coke and begins a sexual affair with an older man named Viktor (Marko Mandic) who may or may not be an evil murderer who enjoys decapitating his victims. Of course that doesn’t stop Luis from going back for more.
The main subplot involves the search by a pair of Greeks (Stavros Yagoulis as Kostas; Sesede Terziyan as Elena) who are desperately searching for Elena’s younger brother, Dimitri (Jan Amazigh Sid). He has also been known to frequent Berlin’s extraordinary nightlife on the prowl for much the same sort of hedonistic delights as Luis.
As the scenes unfold, there is a fascinating feeling of unease with the possibility that, perhaps, Viktor may have something to do with Dimitri’s disappearance.
Co-directors Stefan Westerwelle and Patrick Schuckmann give us a story that will keep many on the edge of their seats, leave viewers with a wee bit of homework as this far reaching trip comes back down to earth.
In the beginning, the film seems loose and fractured but it quickly turns into a riveting and mind-altering thriller, keeping viewers guessing until the final moments. Avoiding the typical surprise twists that many mysteries will unveil, the film maintains the suspense with incredible performances that will keep you questioning who is being truthful.
Fernando Tielve and Marko Mandic play their roles as Luis and Viktor perfectly. Luis is an excellent blend of youthful fearlessness and naivety, while Viktor is mysterious and charming, causing you to go back and forth between believing him and being convinced that he’s up to something. The ending leaves a few loose ends that may drive you crazy, but it’s a minor nuisance in a thriller that grabs you without letting go.
The film is a manic, lunatic adventure and just when you think the film gets way too ridiculous and ludicrous, the directors give a twist to the certainty that we feel. “Lose Your Head” is an entertaining film, which will leave you with a lingering sense of dread and may make you think twice about popping that pill in the bathroom of Berghain.