Director: Fatih Akin
Writer: Lars Hubrich, Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm
Based on: Wolfgang Herrndorf’s novel
Cast: Tristan Göbel, Anand Batbileg, Mercedes Müller, Aniya Wendel, Anja Schneider, Uwe Bohm, Udo Samel, Xenia Assenza
Seen on: 12.10.2016
14 year old Maik (Tristan Göbel) is one of those kids who don’t really register and when he does, he’s perceived as weird. His class mate Tschick (Anand Batbileg) on the other hand registers everywhere, despite – or maybe because – rarely showing up in school, and when he does, he’s often drunk. When Maik and Tschick are the only people not invited to the birthday party of popular girl Tanja (Aniya Wendel), Tschick kind of adopts Maik. And even though Maik is uncomfortable at first, when Tschick shows up with an old car and invites Maik to go on an adventure, Maik doesn’t have to think long about the empty summer ahead of him to agree to go along.
Tschick sticks close to the novel it’s based on for the most part which works nicely but also, unfortunately, means that some of the book’s weaknesses are also carried over to the film. I did enjoy it, but I didn’t love it.