Angelo (2018)

Director: Markus Schleinzer
Writer: Alexander Brom, Markus Schleinzer
Cast: Makita Samba, Alba Rohrwacher, Larisa Faber, Kenny Nzogang, Lukas Miko, Gerti Drassl, Michael Rotschopf, Jean-Baptiste Tiémélé, Nancy Mensah-Offei, Christian Friedel
Seen on: 4.12.2018

Content Note: racism

The Countess (Alba Rohrwacher) wants a new accessoire, so she heads to the slave market to get herself a black boy. The first Angelo she gets gets ill and dies, unfortunately, so she gets another one. This Angelo (Kenny Nzogang) is hardier. He grows up in her household. Baptized and educated, Angelo Soliman (Makita Samba) becomes the court mascot in Vienna. But he will not be confined to his assigned role.

I’m afraid that I saw Angelo on the wrong day and in the wrong way, so I’m not sure how much of its lack of an effect on me is due to that and how much is the film itself. It definitely does have very strong moments and is interesting in many ways, so I definitely wouldn’t discount it entirely.

Angelo as a child (Kenny Nzogang) and the countess (Alba Rohrwacher) standing next to each other. She's praying.
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Amour fou (2014)

Amour fou
Director: Jessica Hausner
Writer: Jessica Hausner
Cast: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann, Alissa Wilms

Heinrich von Kleist (Christian Friedl) is looking for somebody to enter a suicide pact with, but his current love is unwilling to die with him. Whenn he meets Henriette Vogel (Birte Schoeink), he is convinced that he has found a person equally as lonely, despite her apparently rich life, and intrigued by the idea of dying together as him. But Henriette is less convinced of that, at least at first. But when she learns that she is very ill, her thoughts keep returning to Heinrich’s offer.

Amour Fou has many things to commend it, especially beautiful sets and camera work, and dialogues full of wonderful languages. Nevertheless I felt that it moved way too slow and I couldn’t really get into it.

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Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte [The White Ribbon] (2009)

The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke‘s newest movie, starring Christian Friedel and Ulrich Tukur (and Birgit Minichmayr in a mini-mini-role).

A German village just before World War I. Strange things start to happen, attacks that seem like punishments, and everything seems to point into the direction of the abused and supressed children of the village. The story is told from the point of view of the village teacher who tries to get to the heart of things.

I have to admit that when I left the movie, my first comment was that it was really unsatisfying [and yes, I did sound like a snob saying it]: this movie doesn’t have an ending! Having had some time to think about it, I think it’s more satisfying than I actually thought it was (if that makes any sense). In any case, it’s beautifully shot, well acted and extremely cruel.

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