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"Styx" depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

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Wolfgang Fischer
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Complete credited cast:
Susanne Wolff ... Rike
Gedion Oduor Wekesa Gedion Oduor Wekesa ... Kingsley
Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda ... Kelvin
Inga Birkenfeld ... Assistant Doctor Marie
Alexander Beyer ... Paul
Dominik Böth Dominik Böth ... Firefighter Captain
Anika Menger Anika Menger ... Paramedic #1
Mario Mangion Mario Mangion ... Paramedic #2
Chris Spiteri Chris Spiteri ... Combat Medic (voice)
Charlie Galea ... Radio Operator Pulpca (voice)
Simon Sansone Simon Sansone ... Radio Operator Coastguard Male (voice)
Felicity Babao Felicity Babao ... Radio Operator Coastguard Female (voice)
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"Styx" depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip. When she becomes the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees shipwrecked on the high seas, she is shown the limits of her importance and of the empathy of her cultural milieu. She is left slipping impotently from one nightmare to the next, and by the end she is forced to recognize that there is no way to counter the cruelties of real life. Only chance can save her. Written by Wolfgang Fischer

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13 September 2018 (Germany) See more »

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Gibraltar Harbour, Gibraltar See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,420, 3 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,300, 16 May 2019
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A moral tale too easy to suss
22 March 2019 | by flix_warriorSee all my reviews

The principal actress of this movie has obviously done a course in "how to act in arthouse movies": show a face of stone for two hours straight. There is nothing to laugh about in this horrible world full of sexists and bad people. There is not much happening in this movie. Long tedious shots of her loading the boat (man, why show this for 10 minutes? she loads groceries, okay we get it !) and getting ready for sailing. Then the sailing. The the storm. Then the refugee boat. Of course, a refugee boat. What else. If you wanna gain entry to some prestiguous filme festivals and win prizes nowadays, you need a refugee boat. And a strong woman of course, who never smiles. The follows the moral drama, should I take refugues on board or not? Rescue some lives or not? We all now the answer.

This is also as boring as it is calculated. Directors who jump on the themes of the present day and pack it into a moral tale.

Appropriated indignation, I would call it. Works every time. The way to go for medium talented directors. Even if you make a mediocre film , the subject (in this case: refugee crisis!) is gonna carry you to the high art house festivals and secure some prizes. Milk it, baby !

I always say: why not make a documentary of the real thing? Of what is actually happening in the middle sea? Better than this exploitation crap. This film won't change one persons mind or opinion about refugees. A documentary could.

Nobody, absolutely nobody wanted to see this movie in german theaters. I think it sold something like 6.000 tickets. Still, it it was nominated for a striking 6 Lolas, the german Academy Awards, half a year after it's release. That says it all.

I give 4 stars for good camerawork and great sound.


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