Darkroom – Tödliche Tropfen (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 29min | Crime | 30 January 2020 (Germany)
Lars, a male nurse from Saarbrücken, moves with his lover Roland to Berlin. They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. Their happiness seems almost complete. What Roland doesn’t know: while secretly checking out Berlin’s night life, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison.
When Rosa von Praunheim releases a film, expect the unexpected.
Darkroom may [or may not] surprise…considering the subject matter, a gay noxious serial killer…it resides [too much] on the reserved side of things. Herr von Praunheim could have [but didn’t]
The thing with ‘serial killer’ films is…it always sounds a little perverse to say: I really enjoyed that! Think of all the great ‘serial killer’ – it’s [usually] about the killer’s charisma and the intrigue of the modus operandi…Darkroom has none of that. Lars [the killer] is a liar who poisons men…that’s about it. He’s woefully uninteresting and dismally dull. On the other hand, his ukulele-playing boyfriend is an utter delight and supplies a much-needed levity to the [peculiar] mundanities of this gruesome tale.
Even though the timeline is a bit jumbled, there is a fairly straightforward narrative…and, despite the quirks, it’s all so pedestrian…walking down any old, small-town high-street is more thrilling than watching this.
Darkroom is not a terrible film, it’s watchable…but, so damned underwhelming, it should have been shocking, mind-blowing, earth-shattering…not what we expected from [the mellowing] Herr von Praunheim.
Director: Rosa von Praunheim
Writers: Rosa von Praunheim (screenplay), Nico Woche (dramaturge)
Stars: Bozidar Kocevski, Heiner Bomhard, Katy Karrenbauer
Release Date: 30 January 2020 (Germany)
Also Known As: Darkroom
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 889 MiB
Duration : 1 h 28 min
Overall bit rate : 1 401 kb/s