In his breakthrough feature Love Steaks, Jakob Lass introduced a tongue-in-cheek lmmaking manifesto entitled FOGMA WTF (relax: it stands for What the Fogma), echoing Lars Von Trier’s Dogma 20 years ago. Reduced to its basics, FOGMA stands for freedom - freedom for the lmmaker to do things his or her way, which in practice means lots of improvisation.
This last demand really comes to the fore in Tiger Girl, a kinetic, streetwise story of female friendship and empowerment which has a strongly cartoonish side - especially in its approach to violence.
The lm tells the story of Maggie, a wimpish security guard too lippy and/or too lazy to get into the police force (which she’d rather like to do because of the cool uniforms). One night, Maggie meets Tiger Girl, who rescues her from a tricky situation, rechristens her Vanilla, and introduces her to a form of risk-taking freedom which is as exhilarating to Maggie/Vanilla as it is to the audience.
Tiger Girl is the latest of what is by now almost a sub-genre: the Berlin street lm (think Run Lola Run, Tough Enough/Knallhart, Oh Boy). Rampaging through the city, Tiger Girl and Vanilla draw much of their energy from the streets and streetlife around them.