This, for me, was an unexpected beautiful ride. It's the details that make it great. While I had no understanding of the game they were playing it didn't matter. You feel like you are watching over the shoulder of a gambler in an underground gambling den. Moreover, you are dropped so deeply into the world in which the protagonist, inhabits, that you get the sense the legitimate world barely exists at all.
If you are like me and take great pleasure in sifting through the dross to find a raw diamond then you are in for a treat with Stark Fear. On the other hand, if you are someone who is turned off by confusing storylines, bizarre shifts in tone, a voice-over narrator who disappears, and multiple endings, well... you might want to skip this one.
I just want to say that I really loved this flick. As far as originality it's…
Gritty as all heck but beautiful as anything. This, set in Germany in 74, gave me flashbacks to Osaka in '76 a gritty urban metropolis with entire city blocks under construction, strip clubs and burned out buildings, banks and new cars. In Japan there was a lost generation of kids dancing for money on the sidewalks. I guess in Germany it wasn't much better. This has a picaresque feel to it, like Oliver Twist crossed with Midnight Cowboy. This and Deadlock might be the two best finds all year. Thanks Mubi.