The market town Braunschlag, on the outskirts of Austria close to the Czech Republic is bankrupt. The mayor, under pressure form Russian mafia creditors and state government has an idea after a night of too much alcohol in shabby town-disco: Only a miracle can rescue his position of mayor and his towns fate - they just have to convince the local UFO-nut that he has had a Marian apparition, and the influx of pilgrims will fill their bank accounts.
A series was rarely so close to Austria and its people. The story and idea of director and screenwriter David Schalko is as simple as it is effective. But that is not the point. Its about the people, the crazy characters, the dialect and the everyday problems of a small village at the end of the world.
The actors play their role with excellent credibility - above all Nicholas Ofczarek, whom I already knew from the series The Pass. As well as Robert Palfrader.
The story is mixed with scenes that are sometimes super exaggerated, some of which look like they are from a bad science fiction film. Perhaps the only scenes in which you notice that director and author David Schalko is a self taught artist. The second point of criticism may certainly be the weaker second half of the series, in which the tension partly flattens out completely and the story drags on for a long time. The big finale at the end makes up for a lot.
All in all a rarely, crazy, excellent drama comedy. Absolutely worthwhile and above all an absolute genre hit.
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