Isi & Ossi (2020)

Isi & Ossi
Director: Oliver Kienle
Writer: Oliver Kienle
Cast: Lisa Vicari, Dennis Mojen, Ernst Stötzner, Walid Al-Atiyat, Zoe Straub, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Christina Hecke, Lisa Hagmeister, André Eisermann
Seen on: 5.9.2021

Content Note: ableism, classism, racism

Plot:
Isi (Lisa Vicari) grew up very rich indeed and her parents (Hans-Jochen Wagner, Christina Hecke) have a very clear idea of where she should go next once she finally gets through school – a bit of a struggle for Isi: getting a finance degree and then going into the family business. But Isi has other ideas: she would love nothing more than become a cook and is looking to go to a prestigious culinary arts class in New York. But she needs money for that, and her parents are unwilling to give it. When she meets Ossi (Dennis Mojen) by chance, she thinks she may have found a way to force her parents’ hands. Because Ossi is everything she is not: he grew up rough and poor. Most importantly, he is in need of money to secure a fight that could finally get his boxing career going. So the two strike a deal: Isi will give Ossi the money he needs, while they pretend to date until Isi’s parents give in. Easier said than done, though.

I love fake dating stories, so I definitely wanted to check out Isi & Ossi, but unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with this iteration of that trope. I found much of the film offensive and I just didn’t buy it.

The film poster showing polaroids of Isi (Lisa Vicari) and Ossi (Dennis Mojen)  that are stuck together with a piece of tape.
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Systemsprenger [System Crasher] (2019)

Systemsprenger
Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Writer: Nora Fingscheidt
Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister
Seen on: 14.10.2019

Plot:
Benni (Helena Zengel) is nine years old and angry most of the time. Her mother (Lisa Hagmeister) is not able to take care of her and Benni has already seen more than one care facility or foster family. But she, or rather her anger, seems to fit nowhere. Her social worker (Gabriela Maria Schmeide) is running out of options. She sees one last chance to send Benni on an intense one-on-one retreat with Micha (Albrecht Schuch).

Systemsprenger is an intense and incredibly impressive film. I was absolutely floored by it.

The film poster showing Benni (Helena Zengel) in a pink hoodie, looking seriously. Behind that, smaller, we can see her twice, once spreading her arms as if flying or falling, and once screaming.
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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
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Content Note: rape

Plot:
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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