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Mad Heidi 03 May 2023

2022 action comedy, dir. Johannes Hartmann and Sandro Klopfstein, Alice Lucy: IMDb. They killed her parents and her boyfriend, and her grandfather, and now Heidi's striking back.

This was made as "the world's first Swiss-sploitation film", and if you made a list of things people associate with Switzerland most of them are here. (Except banks.) But it doesn't have much of an overarching plot beyond "kill the bad guy" (Casper van Dien, who has accepted that he won't ever be a great actor and instead is gloriously indulging in a scenery sandwich); here's the pastoral bit, here's the women in prison bit, here's the gladiatorial combat bit, but on the one hand there's never much of a thread to tie them together (too often, Heidi is simply captured and dumped into the new situation), but on the other hand it doesn't have the fast pace of an Airplane! that can carry one over weak spans of plot before they break.

Timo Vuorensola, who directed Iron Sky, was an executive producer, and I think had some influence. Characters are basic (which is fine) and flat (which is not), dialogue is minimal, and while the action is often well-staged the film has less of a climax than a final scene.

It has its moments, but at least half the fun is in the concept. At least it's not Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey I guess.

I talk about this film further on Ribbon of Memes.

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