THE GENITAL WARRIORS pieces together the three main characters’ fragmentary pasts, allowing their different perspectives and memories to meet and overlap.
Frank, a 70-year-old in a mental hospital, types a screenplay for his two ex-girlfriends from 40 years ago, Lena and Barbara, hoping to win one of them back. These two embittered protagonists coincidentally meet. Each finds out that she’s not the only one Frank’s trying to win back. They swear revenge on him, travelling to the past with a magic wand and a shotgun.
On their journey, different embodiments of Lena and Barbara fight for the correct version of their common history, repeatedly trying to wipe out their ex-boyfriends. But Frank continues to work on his screenplay and doubles of the men consistently rise again. Ultimately, Frank’s film is realized by none other than John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Lena and Barbara decide to attend the premiere before meeting their fate.
To his horror, Frank finally discovers that, in addition to Lena and Barbara, his doctor has also played a role in his life story. The boundaries between reality and fiction become increasingly fragile...
Called “a wild departure from BEING JOHN MALKOVICH” and “BOYHOOD on crack”, this “most brilliant example of bizarre European cinema” could be placed “among the works of AKI KAURISMÄKI, LARS VON TRIER, LUIS BUÑUEL or JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET.”
MATTHEW O. L. WAY grew up in the USA and studied Screenwriting, New German Cinema and Biochemistry. He moved to Germany in 1998 and established Way Film Production and Way Film Translation. After making several short films, THE GENITAL WARRIORS is his feature debut.