Licht [Mademoiselle Paradis] (2017)

Licht [literally: Light]
Director: Barbara Albert
Writer: Kathrin Resetarits, Barbara Albert
Based on: Alissa Walser‘s novel Am Anfang war die Nacht Musik
Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm, Maresi Riegner, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Stefanie Reinsperger, Christoph Luser, Susanne Wuest, Theresa Martini, Julia Pointner
Seen on: 23.11.2017
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Plot:
Maria-Theresia Paradis (Maria Dragus) is a gifted musician who lost her eyesight at a young age for no apparent reason. Now her parents have heard about the revolutionary methods of physician Franz Mesmer (Devid Striesow) and they are hoping that he will be able to restore her eyesight. So Maria-Theresia is brought to his castle where Mesmer sets to work. Soon their relationship becomes very intense and there seems to be improvement in her condition.

I was hoping I would like Licht more than I actually did. Unfortunately I was unhappy with the way the film dealt with disability and I felt that it had considerable lengths.

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Die beste aller Welten [The Best of All Worlds] (2017)

Die beste aller Welten
Director: Adrian Goiginger
Writer: Adrian Goiginger
Cast: Jeremy Miliker, Verena AltenbergerMichael PinkMichael FuithLukas Miko
Seen on: 15.9.2017
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Plot:
Adrian (Jeremy Miliker) lives with his mother Helga (Verena Altenberger) and her boyfriend Günter (Lukas Miko) and things could be great. Unfortunately, Helga and Günter are both drug addicts, making all of their lives much harder. Nevertheless, Helga tries everything in her power to give Adrian the best life she can give him, filled with fantasy and adventure. But it’s clear that things can’t go on the way they are.

With Die beste aller Welten, Goiginger works through his own childhood and in this case, that’s the perfect recipe for a touching, beautiful film, even if it’s a difficult story to tell, especially because it goes as well as it does.

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Spanien [Spain] (2012)

Spanien
Director: Anja Salomonowitz
Writer: Anja Salomonowitz, Dimitré Dinev
Cast: Tatjana Alexander, Cornelius Obonya, Grégoire Colin, Lukas Miko, Wolfgang Bachofner

Plot:
Sava (Grégoire Colin) wants to get to Spain but unfortunately his smuggler gets into a car accident and Sava is stranded in the middle of fuck-all, Lower Austria. In the meantime an officer of the immigration police, Albert, (Cornelius Obonya) has completely lost his shit after he and his wife Magdalena (Tatjana Alexander) separated – and he’s still stalking her, while Magdalena fights for her freedom. And then there’s Gabriel (Lukas Miho) who slowly loses his entire family’s funds to his gambling addiction. But how do all of their stories come together?

Spanien is not completely bad, but it is an entirely uneven endeavor. Interestingly enough, it is so in all areas – from set design to acting to writing.

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