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Unter dir die Stadt (2010)

Steve recently moved to Frankfurt for work. His wife is a stranger in the new city, bored and vulnerable. She meets her husband's boss who is going through some big events in his life as well. They start to have an affair.
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Svenja Steve
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Roland Cordes
Mark Waschke ...
Oliver Steve
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Claudia Cordes
Lamou Vissay ...
Andre Lau (as Van-Lam Vissay)
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Werner Löbau
Paul Faßnacht ...
Hermann Josef Esch
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Uwe Maas
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Frank Kressnick
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Stefan Scharf
Michael Abendroth ...
Hartmut John
Johannes Kiebranz ...
Gordon Parker
Klaus Zmorek ...
Markus de Hadlen
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Britta Lau
Alexandra von Schwerin ...
Dr. Silbereisen
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Steve recently moved to Frankfurt for work. His wife is a stranger in the new city, bored and vulnerable. She meets her husband's boss who is going through some big events in his life as well. They start to have an affair.

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The Boredom Below
14 May 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Unter dir die Stadt" or "The City Below" is a German 105-minute movie from 2010, so this one has its 7th anniversary this year. The writer and director is Christoph Hochhäusler and it is one of his more known works. It is basically the story of a woman who struggles with (married) life in a new city and ends up having an affair with a much older, married man. The central character is played by Nicolette Krebitz and while her good looks (especially for her age) are undeniable I must say her performance did not really win me over this time. This may also have to do with the way the character was written though. It is not really a problem that there are no likable characters in this film at all, it is much more crucial that none of them feel really interesting or relevant in a way where I would care what happens next to them. Or their relationships. The rest of the cast is probably not too well-known, but German movie buffs may recognize one face or the other. All in all, you could perhaps divide this film into 2 segments, the personal life segments involving Krebitz' character and the business life segments involving (many more characters than) her husband. The latter was probably even weaker than the former I guess as none of the central characters received proper characterizations and elaborations in a way I would have liked it. The runtime is not too little, so lack of screen time was not a problem at all. The major problem was instead that Hochhäuser perhaps lacked the right focus. Maybe he should have centered the entire film around Krebitz' character and kept it at 75-80 minutes max as the business parts were mostly nothing more than loud and self-important without having any kind of substance to them really. Oh yeah, the title is also a bit on the pretentious side. I don't mind poetic references like these, but you have to make a connection with a title like that too and homesickness that is not really at the very core of the film even won't cut the cake here. This film is not a failure by any means, but I personally found it uninteresting for the most part. Not recommended.


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