BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ – Review by Diane Carson

German director Burhan Qurbani anchors his version in undocumented Guinea-Bissau immigrant Francis, adds surrealist interludes with psychedelic colors, and loses the complexity of the novel. Moreover, his simplistic, formulaic focus on drug dealers marginalizes women, granting them agency primarily as sex workers or inconsequential sex partners. An update to reflect a current oppressive environment, especially for undocumented immigrants, is a relevant, worthwhile endeavor. However, it requires an avoidance of clichéd scenarios.

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