Life Guidance (2017)

Life Guidance
Writer: Ruth Mader
Director: Martin Leidenfrost, Ruth Mader
Cast: Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister, Nicolas Jarosch, Petra Morzé, Udo Samel, Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, Johann Adam Oest
Seen on: 22.1.2018
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Plot:
Alexander (Fritz Karl) is married to Anna (Katharina Lorenz). They have a son (Nicolas Jarosch) and by the looks of it, their life is pretty much perfect. But then Alexander says something that worries Life Guidance, the organisation in charge of helping people living the best life they can possibly live. They send in their agent, Gregor (Florian Teichtmeister), to make sure that Alexander stays on track.

I wanted to like Life Guidance – being an Austrian Science Fiction film made by a woman – much more than I actually did. While it has strong parts, it just doesn’t come together as it should.

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Der Diener zweier Herren [Servant of Two Masters]

Der Diener zweier Herren
Director: Christian Stückl
Writer: Carlo Goldoni
Cast: Markus Meyer, Peter Simonischek, Andrea Wenzl, Irina Sulaver, Johann Adam Oest, Christoph Radakovits, Sebastian Wendelin,  Hans Dieter Knebel, Mavie Hörbiger, Stefan Wieland
Seen on: 23.10.2016

Plot:
Beatrice (Andrea Wenzl) has problems: her fiancé Florindo (Sebastian Wendelin) had to flee after killing her brother Federigo. Now she’s trying to find Florindo and on the way, collect dowry from her brother’s fiancée Clarice (Irina Sulaver), or rather her father Pantalone (Peter Simonischek). But she’ll only succeed by convincing them that Federigo is not actually dead – so she travels disguised as him. Traveling with her is her servant Truffaldino (Markus Meyer). Truffaldino is unhappy with his pay and always hungry. So when they stop at a hotel where another guest offers Truffaldino a job as servant, he accepts – unaware that it’s Florindo. But having to serve two masters at the same time is more complicated than Truffaldino expected.

I’m not a huge fan of comedies of error in general, but this rendition of Servant of Two Masters was rather enjoyable and funny, even if it didn’t leave me flat out enthusiastic.

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Der eingebildete Kranke [The Imaginary Invalid]

Der eingebildete Kranke
Director: Herbert Fritsch
Writer: Molière
Cast: Joachim Meyerhoff, Markus Meyer, Dorothee Hartinger, Marie-Luise Stockinger, Marta Kizyma, Laurence Rupp, Ignaz Kirchner, Simon Jensen, Johann Adam Oest, Hermann Scheidleder
Seen on: 10.1.2016

Plot:
Argan (Joachim Meyerhoff) has many, many health issues. Practically no organ is unaffected. Or at least that’s what he thinks. Fortunately he has a doctor and a pharmacist to take care of him and provide him with all (un)necessary medication. But all of that is getting quite expensive, so Argan hatches the plan that his daughter Angélique (Marie-Luise Stockinger) should marry a doctor. Thomas (Simon Jensen), son of his current doctor Diafoirus (Ignaz Kircher) seems to be a good match. It is only too bad that Angélique has her eyes set on somebody else already.

I have to admit that the play itself didn’t do that much for me, but the production we saw was absolutely stunning and managed to make a whole lot of it.

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Der Revisor [The Government Inspector]

Der Revisor
Director: Alvis Hermanis
Writer: Nikolai Gogol
Cast: Michael Maertens, Maria Happel, Dörte Lyssewski, Fabian Krüger, Oliver Stokowski, Hermann Scheidleder, Dirk Nocker, Johann Adam Oest
Seen on: 26.12.2015

Plot:
The Mayor (Michael Maertens) of a small town has heard that a government inspector just arrived incognito in his town. He informs the most important men in his town, causing quite a stir among all of them, since neither of them really is without blame in their departments. When they find out that a stranger is staying at the inn, they decide that it must be the inspector and promptly start to shower him in gifts. The stranger – Chlestakov (Fabian Krüger) – is young and poor and doesn’t really know what prompts his good luck, but he’s determined to use it as long as it’s given.

There is a lot going on in this production of Der Revisor, from fake fat to actual live chickens on stage. It was a little too much for my taste, although the parts themselves were really good.

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