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Could have been better I believe, potential for more especially in terms of the cast
"Gleißendes Glück" is an award-winning 100-minute movie from last year, so this is still relatively new and fresh Writer (with others) and director is Sven Taddicken and this is his most recent work. He got help from two of Germany's most known actors, namely Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur and within the limitations of the script they are doing a decent job, nothing bad nothing great. Sadly Johannes Krisch did not have as much of an impact or as much screen time as I hoped he would. It is really almost all about Gedeck's character here. Religion plays a big role in this film as well as relationships. But as a whole, I would say the story did not really keep me interested as much from start to finish to a level where I would say I recommend checking this film out unless you are a huge Gedeck fan perhaps. I kinda like her too, but not enough to give this movie a thumbs-up I guess. It wasn't even that not enough happened in here. Maybe the opposite: Too much happened and not all of it felt realistic and authentic. This includes violence as well to a major extent. I don't know. Somehow the core story between Tukur's and Gedeck's character never really made a difference. Maybe the two do not have the very greatest chemistry. Anyway, there are still some other films by Taddicken i will check out in the coming months/years, but this one here did not really raise my interest in these. Underwhelming outcome here. Don't watch.
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