Tiger Girl was something of a random shot. We were at the cinema, ah, looks interesting, let's have a look. And it starts off promisingly. Tiger lives in an illicit attic squat with two male acquaintances who spend most of their days taking drugs and generally omitting to sell any to fund the habit. During the day, Tiger dons a hi-vis and poses as an attendant in a carpark to ripoff drivers. A couple of chance encounters with put upon Maggie, a wanna be cop who fails the physical exam in somewhat spectacular fashion and is waiting out her six month cooling off period by doing a security guard course, bring the two together.
At least, I think it brings them together. Throughout this brash, noisy, kinetic movie the two characters are at times interchangeable and at various points you wonder whether one or the other actually exists. Tiger's initial encounters with Maggie are strange enough coincidences for this to be the case but the movie never really commits one way or the other. Tiger's heroics in saving Maggie from a bad parking encounter, a potential bad date and a subway assault bring out something in the meeker character, leading to the nickname 'Vanilla the Killer'.
And so the now partners in crime aimlessly wander about Berlin, causing low level mayhem and occasionally ripping people off. Aimless is pretty much the word as nobody wants to really commit to where any of this is going. The central pair are absolutely great and Ella Rumpf (last seen, though not by me, in Raw) will, I'm sure, be gracing our screens and impressing for a long time to come. And the relationship between them is solid, Vanilla's gradual awakening to a world with no rules is fun to behold and director Jakob Lass is adept at swinging the couple around the city and keeping the pace up, it's just that the whole seems a little inconsequential - the ending leading to a ambivalent shrug rather than anything more solid.
Tiger Girl is good, boisterous fun for it's suitably breezy 90 minute runtime and the central pair in Rumpf and Maria-Victoria Reimer are great company. However the entire enterprise is somewhat hamstrung by a general sense of vague and just a feeling that the whole thing, like the characters, is just fucking around in the city.