The 25-year-old Lara (Aylin Tezel) takes her studies in architecture not very seriously and spends her free time with her best friend Nora (Henrike of Kuick) in Techno clubs. She is ... See full summary »
Pola Schirin Beck
Henrike von Kuick,
Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He ... See full summary »
Hans Adalbert Schlettow,
When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.
Set during the rise of the Nazi regime, Marriage in the Shadows is modeled after the tragic true story of Meta and Joachim Gottschalk. In the film, Elisabeth Maurer and Hans Wieland enjoy ... See full summary »
The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters ... See full summary »
Iskander, a young man living on the Kazakh steppes, finds French astronaut Julie after her capsule crashes. Julie now has amnesia, but Iskander convinces her they are engaged. (Russian with English subtitles)
Marie de Villepin,
Thumbs up for Elmar Wepper, Ulrich Noethen and Ronald Zehrfeld in this one. Pretty much all the aspects, especially writing and direction from this movie are mediocre only, but this trio made it a very watchable quality movie, especially for television. It is a three-year-old film that runs for roughly 105 minutes and is directed by Dominik Graf, one of Germany's most experienced directors and a multiple Adolf Grimme Award winner. Last year he had "Die geliebten Schwestern" out, a weak film that, for some strange reason got submitted to the Academy in the Foreign Language Film category. Needless to say, it did not even make the shortlist.
The script is not particularly interesting unfortunately. It's another story about a mentally unbalanced cop, who was disciplinary transferred (allegedly). This one here allegedly has a pedophile tendency, which obviously proves wrong as the film goes on. Then there are the usual high society references, corrupt cops who forced (wrongful) confessions and the core story is about trafficking of young woman, a topic that has been dealt with so many times already as well and frequently in a more convincing manner. And there are a couple weird scenes which not even the best actor could save, like the fight between Zehrfeld's character and the female cop who was supposed to control his actions. The ending was nicely done, except that final shot where a character speaks to the audience again. Graf seems to love these. He also uses them in other films, such as the one I mentioned earlier, but I think they are truly bad most of the time. All in all, it's not a bad movie by any means, but could have been better. The filmmakers really need to thank the cast here for taking it to another level. Recommended.
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