‘A Summer in Orange’ Reviewed

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Samai loved the film ‘Sommer in Orange’ and sent us her impressions

The official release in German cinemas will be on August 18th 2011. However, “ve haf our veys” and got a sneak preview thanks to Samai. We hear that, so far, the film was only shown at the Freiburg Filmfestival and at an event in Munich.

Read the interview (jpg) with filmmaker Marcus H. Rosenmüller, published in Hallo Weekend: “Man müsste eigentlich viel wilder leben


I saw ‘Sommer in Orange’ (A Summer in Orange) at the Film Festival in Freiburg last week the official release in German cinemas will be on August 18, 2011. I will definitely go and see it a second time… nostalgia….

‘Sommer in Orange’ is a very funny comedy about sannyas life in the early 80 in Germany. Well-known German filmmaker Marcus H. Rosenmüller made a film based on the real life experiences of two sannyasin kids Ursula (who wrote the script) and Georg Gruber, at the time 7 and 11 years old, who grew up in a rural sannyas commune near Munich.

The film tells the story about sannyasins who move from Berlin to the heart of traditional Bavaria and open a therapy center disturbing, with their unconventional life style, a very traditional village.

The heart of the film is the conflict of 12-year old Lilli who goes to village school dressed in orange and wearing a mala, unable to make friends and torn apart with the desire for having a normal family instead of living with a group of freaks, an empty fridge and a house full of visitors, constantly coming from or going to Poona. For almost two hours we are led into daily sannyas commune life, the conflicts with villagers and their traditional values and prejudices.

For me the film was a great pleasure from beginning to end and I appreciate the loving and compassionate way it has been put together. Watching it, I felt that I have seen it before, heard it, and lived it. The scenes are right on and feel so true and sometimes, somehow, even embarrassing because they show the naivety, silliness and our sometimes out of place provocation with a society that was unable to understand us.

I recognized many of my own misunderstandings I had at that time about Osho’s teachings, and remember moments when I had preferred to give up my personal responsibility and flow with a bunch of orange people who felt they knew everything. I can even remember my arrogance about being different, as if we had understood ‘the meaning of life’, and the way I rejected all values of ‘normal’ society.

The embarrassing scenes, e.g. people melting away in devotion in front of some hot-shot therapist are bearable and enjoyable because of the sense of humor and the extremely funny situations and dialogues shown, which are exaggerated to the max.

The film is neither judgmental or arrogant, nor putting down sannyasins or Osho.

Although it is a commercial film I could feel the interest and respect the filmmaker has for the ‘orange experience’. In an interview he says that he liked to work with the issue of a) the desire to have total freedom and b) the need to have rules and direction in life. Even the actors were touched by their roles (you can read their comments in the German press booklet which you can download from here…).

It is definitely not a film about Osho and his teachings, and it does not show our beautiful experiences of the early sannyas years, our courage to break out of mainstream life, the fun of living together in a different way, the support for each other, the love and, above all, the blessing to have had the chance to meet a master!

Yet the film is full of laughter, fun and creativity: it finishes off with a couple of elephants grazing next to Bavarian cows. A delight!

Samai, Osho News

For those who speak German, as already mentioned, there is the press booklet with and interesting article from one of the actresses about her feelings during the shooting and here below is an interview with the filmmaker.

Read the German press booklet in PDF here…

Another interesting review here (in German): www.yogaservice.de

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