Run Time: 90 minutes
It was a Dark and Stormy Night in 1998 when Helmut, lying sodden in a puddle of rainwater, suddenly stopped being a commitment-shy wimp. This is his story, covering 16 years of the hero's romantic mishaps, mismatches, breakups and unrequited longings since his high-school days when he fell hard for Britta, a golden-girl class president and anti-nuclear activist, a left-wing Lorelai with boundless concern for the world's oppressed millions. By contrast, Britta had no problem breaking Helmut's heart and moving on. Helmut decides that when it comes to women, honesty is never the best policy, whether the question is "Where you there when the Berlin Wall came down?" to "Do you love me?" The trouble with his lies is that the Truth is Out There, and LEARNING TO LIE hails from X Filme, a collective of cutting-edge German filmmakers responsible for such international successes as "Run Lola Run," "Heaven" and "Goodbye Lenin." Here they deliver a deviously entertaining Teutonic twist on "High Fidelity." Would we lie to you?
Hendrik Handloegten (based on the novel by Frank Goosen)
Fabian Busch, Susanne Bormann, Fritzi Haberlandt, Sophie Rois, Anka Lea Sarstedt, Birgit Minichmayr, Florian Lukas