The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland's economy and to the country's morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline's fleet was grounded on 2 ... See full summary »
The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland's economy and to the country's morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline's fleet was grounded on 2 October 2001. "Grounding" is set during the last days of the doomed airline, and tells the story of manager Mario A. Corti's unhappy fate, the last, unlucky CEO at the traditional airline company, as well as of all those nameless people who lost almost everything in the maelstrom of Swissair's downfall: their job, home and their belief in Switzerland. Written by
The film makers managed to reduce the fascinating example of arrogant mismanagement to a manipulative, confusing wannabe tearjerker. There is an abundance of irrelevant, sappy characters. My favorite being the heroic stewardess, who saves the life of a passenger who has a heart attack - and all she keeps worrying about is that she may be neglecting her poor pubescent son.
The facts are totally distorted. The incompetent manager "Super Mario" is depicted as the altruistic hero, who only wants the best for all his poor employees. And the bankers, of course, are just greedy cold-hearted monsters.
All in all, extremely annoying.
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