Das Wilde Leben
|Das Wilde Leben|
Original movie poster
|Directed by||Achim Bornhak|
|Produced by||Ralph Brosche|
|Written by||Dagmar Benke, Achim Bornhak, Claus Hant, Olaf Kraemer, Uschi Obermaier|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Release date(s)||February 1, 2007|
|Running time||114 min.|
Das Wilde Leben (lit. The Wild Life, released as Eight Miles High in English-speaking countries) is a German biographical motion picture, set in the 1960s and depicting the "wild life" of Uschi Obermaier, a West German groupie.
Obermaier enjoyed sexual freedom at the legendary Kommune 1 in Berlin after being with the krautrock band, Amon Düül. In the Kommune, she becomes friendly with Rainer Langhans. The young woman from Munich gains employment as a model, and becomes a sex symbol and youth icon. Now a cover girl in Playboy magazine, she meets rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, while Italian film producer, Carlo Ponti, offers her a ten-year contract, but she declines: her freedom is more important than a contract.
During her intensive relationship with Keith Richards, she begins to recognize the dark side of the shiny glamour world she lives in: the isolation of the stars, and the groupie-populated milieux of anonymous hotel rooms — this is not her idea of life.
She finds new freedom in a relationship with the adventurer Dieter Bockhorn (David Scheller). They fall in love and go on a six-year road trip around the world. Later, Bockhorn dies in a motorcycle accident in Mexico.
- Natalia Avelon as Uschi Obermaier
- Matthias Schweighöfer as Rainer Langhans
- Victor Norén (singer of the Swedish band Sugarplum Fairy) as Mick Jagger
- Alexander Scheer as Keith Richards
- David Scheller as Dieter Bockhorn.
- Directed by Achim Bornhak.
- Writing credits Achim Bornhak, Olaf Kraemer.
- Based on the book High Times (book) by Olaf Kraemer and Uschi Obermaier
- Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Bavaria in Germany
- Goa, Jaipur, and Rajasthan in India
Ville Valo and Natalia Avelon recorded a cover version of the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood song Summer Wine for the soundtrack. A music video was also shot, featuring Valo and Avelon with the real Uschi Obermaier.
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