1h 29m | Drama | 16 November 2006 (Germany)
Paul, 16 years old, arrives to live at his aunt’s house, after his father’s death. Alongside her aunt Anna lives his cousin Robert. Paul’s arrival is unexpected, creating great tension between the three of them, especially between Anna and Paul.
There were a few moments in this film that I didn’t buy (I won’t say what–no spoilers here), but that’s what happens when you take risks on screen.
Tone-wise, I’d say this film was like American Beauty, but done much better. There were still some over-the-top moments, but unlike the Alan Ball/Sam Mendes mega-hit, parts of this film feel genuine. The script was juggling many nuanced through-lines, and did so surprisingly well.
Solid acting. Nice control of the camera–and the HD-to-35mm blowup looked pretty darn nice.
I’d like to see more from this director.
Director: Matthias Luthardt
Writers: Meike Hauck, Matthias Luthardt
Stars: Sebastian Urzendowsky, Marion Mitterhammer, Clemens Berg
Country of origin: Germany
Filming locations: Ballenstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 897 MiB
Duration : 1 h 28 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 410 kb/s