Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada (1989)

Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada [literally: The Story of the Goose Princess and Her Loyal Horse Falada]
Director: Konrad Petzold
Writer: Angelika Mihan, Marion Wallroth, Konrad Petzold
Based on: the fairy tale The Goose Girl as collected by the Brothers Grimm
Cast: Dana Morávková, Michaela Kuklová, Eberhard Mellies, Regina Beyer, Peter Zimmermann, Gerry Wolff, Alexander Höchst, Karsten Janzon
Seen on: 2.12.2018

Liesa (Michaela Kuklová) is the daughter of a duke who was the enemy of Aurinia’s (Dana Morávková) father who took in Liesa after she was orphaned. Liesa and Aurinia grew up as sisters, although they couldn’t be more different. When Aurinia travels to the neighboring kingdom to marry Prince Ivo (Alexander Höchst), Liesa accompanies her. On the way, she forces Aurinia to switch roles and ultimately makes Aurinia into a goose herder. But will Prince Ivo really be tricked?

Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada is a nice fairy tale adaptation that I would have probably loved as a child. Seeing it as an adult, I still thought it was sweet, but I also saw some problems.

The film poster showing a girl (Dana Moráková) putting a flower crown on a boy (Karsten Janzon).
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Joint Venture (1994)

[After I took a bit of a break over at the flimmit blog, I’ve restarted my reviewing there with a slight change in program: I’m now reviewing an Austrian movie every week and I thought, I’d also post reviews of those movies here. In short: there will be more reviews of Austrian movies on this blog.]

Joint Venture is a movie by Dieter Berner, starring Gregor Bloéb, Michaela Kuklová and Nina Franoszek.

Christian (Gregor Bloéb) works for his girlfriend Liane (Nina Franoszek): together, they get old fridges from Vienna to Prague, where they sell them on the black market. When they hear about a house right at the Vltava river that’s for sale, they are looking to expand their business. Unfortunately in Czechia, only Czech people are allowed to buy properties. So Liane and Christian look for a front man. Luckily, Christian stumbles upon Eva (Michaela Kuklová), a dancer in a hotel bar who is looking for a husband and a way out.

It always feels like Austrian movies are either fantastic or really bad but Joint Venture is the rare mediocre film. It’s rather predictable, but it has nice performances. It makes you grin, but it’s never really lough-out-loud funny.

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