Alles ist gut [All Is Well] (2018)

Alles ist gut
Director: Eva Trobisch
Writer: Eva Trobisch
Cast: Aenne Schwarz, Andreas Döhler, Hans Löw, Tilo Nest, Lina Wendel, Lisa Hagmeister, Dagny Dewath, Thomas Gräßle
Seen on: 19.12.2018

Content Note: rape

Janne (Aenne Schwarz) and her boyfriend Piet (Andreas Döhler) run a publishing house together, but they are struggling. So when Janne returns to her hometown for a high school reunion and meets with Robert (Tilo Nest) who she used to babysit for, she is very happy that he offers her a job. Robert also introduces her to Martin (Hans Löw), his brother-in-law who is also going to the reunion. Janne and Martin party together and when they make their way from the reunion, Janne offers Martin to crash on her sofa. He accepts, misreads the invitation as a come-on and makes a pass at her. When Janne rebukes him, he doesn’t stop though: he rapes her. Janne decides that it’s no big deal and that she will just go on as if nothing has happened. But that’s not as easy as she thinks.

Rape is often a topic in films in many different ways. But I have never seen it dealt with as Alles ist gut deals with it: realistically, looking at the everyday nature of it. It is a really strong film.

The film poster showing Janne (Aenne Schwarz) dressed only in panties, standing in the hallway of an apartment building.
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In My Room (2018)

In My Room
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Writer: Ulrich Köhler
Cast: Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Kathrin Resetarits
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 2.11.2018

Armin (Hans Löw) is growing older, though you couldn’t tell it from the life he’s living or the women he’s hitting on. It’s obvious that things can’t go on much longer the way they are. But it’s not Armin who gives in – he wakes up one morning and the world is changed around him: he seems to be the only person left. In this wasteland, Armin has to build himself a new life, relying only on himself.

It is interesting to contrast and compare In My Room with The Wall, but other than that there was little that I enjoyed about watching it. I found it pretty exhausting to be quite honest.

the film poster showing a man riding a horse in a desolate landscape.
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