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Halbe Welt

Halbe Welt (1995) Movie Poster
Austria  •    •  83m  •    •  Directed by: Florian Flicker.  •  Starring: Rainer Egger, Dani Levy, Mercedes Echerer, Maria Schrader, Goran Rebic, Allen Browne, Proschat Madani, Cornelia Lippert, Clemens Galen, Mike Marinucci, Michael Kreihsl, Karl Markovics, Heinrich Strobele.  •  Music by: Andi Haller.
    The sun blazes down from the sky with destructive power; exposing oneself to its light means death. People have transposed everyday existence to the night. In the metropolis of HALF WORLD a culture based on various languages and lifeforms has grown rampant. Everyone is looking for a way to survive.

Review:

Image from: Halbe Welt (1995)
Image from: Halbe Welt (1995)
Image from: Halbe Welt (1995)
Image from: Halbe Welt (1995)
Image from: Halbe Welt (1995)
This ultimately exasperating slice of Austrian sci-fi conjures up a metropolitan society where the sun's rays have become fatal and life continues at night or behind shades. Controlling all images of the sunlit world now off-limits is the all powerful Luna organization, but a disparate band of rebels stands determined to free themselves from the dark and re-embrace the light. Unfortunately, this is only half the movie. There's the germ of an idea, excellent use of Vienna and Hamburg locations, and impressive high-contrast photography, yet the plotting and characterization are dispiritingly minimal and one's interest soon flags.

Review by Petra Lumper from the Internet Movie Database.