Vera (Judith Engel) is preparing to direct her first television film, a remake of Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant. Everything is pretty much set to go and things are about to start. All that is missing is the lead actress. Vera has a day of casting lined up with the available candidates and Gerwin (Andreas Lust) as a stand-in to read the lines with the actresses. But things don’t really go the way Vera, or anybody else, planned.
Casting may not be a laugh out loud comedy, but it is funny, emotional, smart and full of biting, feminist commentary that I didn’t expect, but very much appreciated.
A young boy is shot in a supermarket. Just before that happens, the summer holidays stretch seemingly endlessly before Julian (Jack Hofer). In his small town there is barely any place to hang out for teenagers like him, they usually meet in the supermarket parking lot. That’s where Julian meets Marko (Simon Morzé) who just returned from a youth detention center, and through Marko Victor (Christopher Schärf) who is older but likes to be the big guy amid the teenagers. There is not much else that one can aspire to where they live. Select few, like Michael (Dominic Marcus Singer) find a job – in Michael’s case in the supermarket. For the local police, especially for Georg (Rainer Wöss), the teens who are hanging out are an eyesore that should be banned. In the summer heat all of these things come together in an explosive mix.
Einer von uns is more or less based on an actual shooting that happened in Lower Austria in 2009, where the police shot a 14-year-old dead in a supermarket and injured a 16-year-old. Instead of reconstructing the particular events of that shooting, Einer von uns attempts to explain how such a shooting could happen with fictional characters in a real story. It’s a sensitive, critical and thoughtful attempt that I can only recommend watching.
Revanche (in English: Revenge) is the new movie by Götz Spielmann. It’s nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar. [Yay! Go Austria!]
Alex (Johannes Krisch) works as a bouncer/guy for everything in a brothel in Vienna. He’s in love with one of the prostitutes, Ukranian immigrant Tamara (Irina Potapenko) and she with him. When things go bad with the owner of the brothel (Hanno Pöschl), because Tamara declines a “promotion”, they decide to run away. To get the money necessary for that, Alex decides to rob a bank, which ultimately connects his life to the lives of police man Robert (Andreas Lust), his wife Susanne (Ursula Strauss) and Alex’ grandfather (Johannes Thanheiser).
The movie is rather slow and very intense. It has a wonderful cinematography. And the cast is mostly very good. It could have been a bit shorter, though.