Eight Miles High



Achim Bornhak's bio-pic about the famed German supermodel model and '60s icon Uschi Obermaier doesn't waste any time in revealing the physical charms of its star, Natalia Avelon. Naked in the very first shot, this stunning actress bares her spectacular body so often over the next two hours that one wonders if the budget simply wasn't sufficient to provide costumes. Unfortunately, the generous display of Avelon's physical charms isn't enough to compensate for the narrative deficiencies of “Eight Miles High,” which was, understandably, a major box-office hit in its native Germany.

The Bavaria-born Obermaier, a fashion icon who appeared on the covers of such magazines as Playboy and Stern, was perhaps best known for her flings with such iconic figures from the period as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both of whom are superficially portrayed by actors bearing reasonably strong physical resemblances.

She was also a ubiquitous figure in the counter-cultural revolution of the era, as illustrated by the depictions of her involvement with the radical Kommune 1, including a relationship with its leader (Matthias Schweighofer), and her free-spirited international wanderings with adventurer Dieter Bockhorn (David Scheller).

Unfortunately, the blank-faced Avelon is more effective in approximating Obermaier's sensuality than in suggesting her inner life. Not helping matters is the episodic screenplay co-written by director Bornhak and Olaf Kraemer, which is less concerned with thematic depth than in effectively replicating the hedonistic atmosphere of the story's groovy '60s milieu.
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