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Film Review: ‘Stereo’

25 February 2015 6:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A successful mix of straightforward suspense and gallows humor, Maximilian Erlenwein’s sophomore feature, “Stereo,” is in some ways an inversion of his 2008 debut, “Gravity,” wherein guilt-inducing trauma unleashed an ordinary schmoe’s hitherto-unknown dark side. Here, Jurgen Vogel plays a man whose nice-guy ordinariness might be a form of denial, with Moritz Bleibtreu on hand as an alter ego determined to topple our protagonist’s fragile conformity. Smoothly journeying from psychological black comedy to blood-soaked gangland shoot-‘em-up, the pic nears the end of its fest-circuit travel with various-format offshore sales still beckoning. Remake rights could have legs as well.

Though the leather-jacketed, shaven-headed Erik (Vogel) looks pretty menacing by the standards of the small Bavarian burg where he’s landed, he’s an apparent pussycat in his wooing of area single Julia (Petra Schmidt-Schaller), and a fine prospective father to her small daughter, Linda (Helena Schonfelder). No matter »

- Dennis Harvey

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