Happy End (2017)

Happy End
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Cast: Isabelle HuppertJean-Louis TrintignantMathieu KassovitzFantine HarduinFranz RogowskiLaura VerlindenAurélia PetitToby Jones
Seen on: 12.10.2017
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Plot:
After her mother is admitted to the hospital, Eve (Fantine Harduin) moves in with her father Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz) and his new wife Anais (Laura Verlinden). They all live in Eve’s grandfather Georges’s (Jean-Louis Trintignant) house. Georges is starting to show symptoms of dementia and is desperately trying to keep control of his life. His business has already been taken over by his daughter Anne (Isabelle Huppert) who struggles with problems at work. In this difficult constellation, it comes as no surprise that secrets start coming to light everywhere.

Happy End, unfortunately, is a weak film, at least for a Haneke film. There was a lot of potential and some very good stuff, but it just doesn’t really come together.

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Love Steaks (2013)

Love Steaks
Director: Jakob Lass
Writer: Jakob Lass, Ines SchillerTimon SchäppiNico Woche
Cast: Lana CooperFranz RogowskiKerstin AbendrothDaniel AlznauerEric PoppRalf Winter
Seen on: 11.10.2017
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Plot:
Clemens (Franz Rogowski) just started working at a spa hotel. He is allowed to stay in a small storage room there and starts learning. But when the meek Clemens meets the rebellious Lara (Lana Cooper) who works in the kitchen, sparks start flying. As the two get more and more wrapped into each other, that spark between them starts to cause chaos in the entire hotel.

Love Steaks wasn’t my cup of tea. Difficult people in broken relationships is an interesting topic but if you try to sell it to me as romance, I’m out. And that’s what happened here.

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Tiger Girl (2017)

Tiger Girl
Director: Jakob Lass
Writer: Jakob Lass, Eva-Maria Reimer, Ines Schiller, Hannah Schopf, Nico Woche
Cast: Ella Rumpf, Maria Dragus, Enno Trebs, Orce Feldschau, Benjamin Lutzke, Franz Rogowski, Ulrik Bruchholz, Lana Cooper, Robert Gwisdek
Seen on: 2.5.2017

Plot:
Vanilla (Maria Dagus) failed the police academy entrance exam, so instead she starts training as a security. And then she meets Tiger (Ella Rumpf). Tiger sees the potential of Vanilla’s uniform and starts whittling away at her inhibitions. But as Vanilla loses herself in the exhilarating life Tiger seems to promise, Tiger realizes that maybe some lines should not be crossed. But will Vanilla let herself be put on a leash again?

The only time I could catch Tiger Girl was at a late night showing, so I re-considered watching it at all about 50 times. But in the end I went for it – and I’m more than happy that I did. It’s an absolutely amazing film with two unruly characters who I loved watching.

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Victoria (2015)

Victoria
Director: Sebastian Schipper
Writer: Sebastian Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Eike Frederik Schulz
Cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, André Hennicke
Seen on: 19.8.2015

Plot:
Victoria (Laia Costa) is out dancing alone. As she is about to leave the club, she meets Sonne (Frederick Lau) and his friends Boxer (Franz Rogowski), Blinker (Burak Yigit) and Fuß (Max Mauff), whose birthday they’re celebrating. Somehow Victoria gets sucked into their party and their night. But Boxer has a heavy past and its about to catch up with them – with unforseeable consequences.

Victoria has garnered quite some fame due to the fact that it was shot in a single take. And while the execution of that concept is brilliant, the story and the characters are not.

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