The first installment of Percy Adlon's delightful "Marianne" trilogy, SUGARBABY stars the utterly winning Marianne Sagebrecht in a sweetly romantic story which also bears the rare distinction of being a Teutonic comedy.
Marianne (Sagebrecht) is a hugely overweight mortuary attendant who, while commuting to work one morning on the subway, becomes infatuated with the conductor (Eisi Gulp), a handsome, blond hunk in a tight-fitting uniform. She quickly determines to win him over and, failing to locate him the
following day, goes to great lengths to procure his name and route number: Huber 133. Next, under the guise of finding work for her nephew, she gets her hands on the complex work schedule for subway drivers. After an obsessive search, she finally figures out Huber's schedule. In the meantime,
Marianne has been preparing herself for her future lover, buying sexy lingerie (which must be specially ordered in her size), flashy high heels and pink satin sheets. Although it seems likely that all this preparation will backfire, Huber, nicknamed "Sugarbaby" by Marianne, accepts her invitation
to dinner and romance quickly blossoms.
Adlon combines the free-spirited energy of his characters with technique to match, fashioning a magnificent lighting scheme that relies heavily on color effects, a minimalist set reduced to the barest essentials and a frantic camera style that allows the camera to wander, sway, and zig-zag through
the set. Rather than creating a feeling of pretension or intrusive stylization, however, Adlon's film is lighthearted and energetic. He lets no barriers stand in his way and, as a result, the entire picture is an engaging, intelligent entertainment. And in Marianne, marvelously incarnated by
Sagebrecht, viewers will find a lovable heroine with whom most would gladly spend time in the real world.
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- Released: 1985
- Rating: NR
- Review: The first installment of Percy Adlon's delightful "Marianne" trilogy, SUGARBABY stars the utterly winning Marianne Sagebrecht in a sweetly romantic story which also bears the rare distinction of being a Teutonic comedy. Marianne (Sagebrecht) is a hugely o… (more)