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DVD Review: More (1969)

More Hippy nonsense or a powerful critique of the 60s drug scene? Probably neither, but there's an element of both sides in More, Barbet Schroeder's tale of heroin addiction on the isle of Ibiza.

The focal point of the story is Stefan (Klaus Gr├╝nberg), a German student who hitchhikes to France after finishing his studies, but runs out of money - leading to a spot of breaking and entering to finance his journey. He also meets American drifter Estelle (Mimsy Farmer), following her to Ibiza for a spot of romance in the sun.

Yes, Ibiza in 1969, hippy paradise and drugs galore. And that's where the downward spiral starts. Stefan meets Estelle again, but realises she has a heroin habit. Intrigued as to why she's addicted, he tries it himself, gets hooked, then gets himself in debt to the mysterious Dr Wolf, an ex-Nazi who runs the drug trade on the island.

Sounds like hard work? It's not as bad as it sounds. Helped along with a cool Pink Floyd soundtrack (just post-Syd Barrett), there's some unintentionally funny moments (hippy facial hair, Stefan trying a purple heart for the first time and indeed, Stefan's overacting), but above all, the vibe (like the island) is very laid back, despite the subject matter and this latest print from the BFI really does show the island at its colourful best - well before it was taken over by package holidays and ravers.

If I was being critical, I'd say that the plot has more holes than a fishing net (but does manage to keep your attention) and the acting is never more than competent. But there is the saving grace of fantastic cinematography backed by a top-notch soundtrack. Without either, More would still be sat in a vault gathering dust - with them, it's well worth your attention.

Just don't follow Stefan's example...

Extras on the DVD:

Miniature poster image

Find out more about the DVD at Amazon.co.uk

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