Tag und Nacht
Director: Sabine Derflinger
Writer: Sabine Derflinger, Eva Testor
Cast: Anna Rot, Magdalena Kronschläger, Philipp Hochmair, Martina Spitzer, Adrian Topol, Manuel Rubey, Angelika Niedetzky, Gerhard Liebmann, Karl Fischer
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 28.2.2016
Lea (Anna Rot) and Hanna (Magdalena Kronschläger) have been best friends for a long time. So when Lea comes up with the plan that they could both work as escorts to get some easy money while they study, it’s clear that they can only do it together and that nobody around them will know. Hanna is more reluctant but the two of them start working anyway. It turns out to be quite an adventure, at least initially.
Tag und Nacht is one of many films where young women decide to try sex work and then discover that it might not be all that great, at least in a society that has such an ambivalent relationship with sex work as ours. While the film is well-executed, it felt too familiar for its own good.
Tag und Nacht does have a lot of strengths. Above all that’s the duo at its front, both when it comes to characters and acting. Lea and Hanna have an interesting relationship with each other and one that’s not only said to be long-standing but also feels that way. I particularly liked the homoerotic tension that exists between them, at least one-sidedly. Rot and Kronschläger really give their all in the performance and it pays.
Generally the film is nicely shot and feels rather realistic (Derflinger and Testor did research on escorts in Austria and talked with a few and that makes itself felt). At least in the beginning it feels like a film that stays away from stereotypes even when it isn’t all that innovative.
But around the halfway mark, the film starts to take a dive. As Lea and Hanna start to encounter problems, so does the film: it starts to drag and it starts to dip into the tried and tested trope box. In short, it loses its freshness, what set it apart from other films in the first place.
There is still enough in the film that it is worth a visit, but only if you happen to be in the area. You certainly don’t have to go out of your way to find it.