Three interesting German films
Tony Erdmann (2016)
A favorite of critics and the main hit of 2016, which at the last moment was prevented by politics from getting the well-deserved Oscar. Prank lover and part-time former music teacher Winfred decides to establish a relationship with his daughter Ines, for whom the border between work and life has long been blurred. To carry out a noble mission, he decides to dress up as an eccentric businessman Tony Erdmann, who over and over again intrudes on his daughter’s affairs. It would seem that the German three-hour tragicomedy with the synopsis of a typical late film by Adam Sandler has no chance of becoming successful. However, the fact remains: Maren Ade found the key not only to the hearts of the audience, but also to the wallet of Hollywood companies. For the sake of an English-language remake of the film with Kristen Wiig, the great Jack Nicholson will retire.
What will a person who finds himself in an unfamiliar environment do? What will he tell about himself and what image will he create in order to survive? The director of the film, Valeska Grisebach, tries to answer these questions through the story of Meinhard, who, together with other German workers, comes to Bulgaria. Locals are not happy with the guests and their free behavior, but the tension is gradually diminishing due to the main character. He fakes the facts of his past to please the villagers, but will this lie last long? Dissecting the Western genres (there are horses, saloons and even a duel in the film) and colonial history, Grisebach creates a portrait of a society in which men put unnecessary rivalry in the first place.
Spanish girl Victoria just moved to Berlin. Leaving the club in the middle of the night, she meets local guys who promise to show her the “real city”. Their nocturnal odyssey quickly turns from an excursion into a pre-planned bank robbery, in which Victoria already has her role. The film would have remained a simple crime drama if it had not been for its main artistic feature – the entire 140-minute timing was shot with one continuous take. On the one hand, this approach surprises with painstaking preparation and rehearsals, and on the other hand, it creates a lot of problems due to the fact that the material was simply not mounted.