Die göttliche Ordnung [The Divine Order] (2017)

Die göttliche Ordnung
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe
Cast: Marie LeuenbergerMaximilian SimonischekRachel BraunschweigSibylle BrunnerMarta ZoffoliBettina StuckyNoe KrejcíElla RumpfNicholas Ofczarek
Seen on: 23.8.2017
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Plot:
Nora (Marie Leuenberger) is a young housewife and mother, happy with her husband Hans (Maximilian Simonischek). Things could go on forever like they have and it feels like they did. But even the remotest Swiss town will be touched by the 68 movement. For Nora it comes in the shape of the discussion about the right for women to vote. And she finds that in 1971, this really shouldn’t be a discussion anymore, but a reality. As she starts to campaign in her village, though, she realizes that far from everybody shares her conviction.

Die göttliche Ordnung is a lighthearted, feminist comedy that manages to balance serious politics with a sense of humor. It’s enjoyable, though maybe a little too well behaved.

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Die Affäre Rue de Lourcine [L’Affaire de la rue de Lourcine]

Die Affäre Rue de Lourcine
Director: Barbara Frey
Writer: Eugène Labiche in Elfriede Jelinek‘s translation/adaptation
Cast: Nicholas Ofczarek, Michael Maertens, Peter Matić, Markus Meyer, Maria Happel
Seen on: 3.4.2016

Plot:
Lenglumé (Nicholas Ofczarek) wakes up one morning after a night of partying. He doesn’t really remember much and only barely recollects that the snoring man next to him is his school friend Mistingue (Michael Maertens) who was with him at their school reunion. Mistingue is doing similarly well. When Lenglumé’s wife Norine (Maria Happel) tells him about the murder of a young, poor woman the previous night, Lenglumé and Mistingue find clues that they were the killers and start putting a plan in motion to conceal their deed.

Die Affäre Rue de Lourcine was funny but also pretty exhausting. I think that another staging would have made it flow much more nicely. Instead it felt pretty long to me in spite of its short 90 minutes running time.

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Am Ende des Tages [What a Difference a Day Makes] (2011)

Am Ende des Tages
Director: Peter Payer
Writer: Kai Hensel
Cast: Simon Schwarz, Nicholas Ofczarek, Anna Unterberger

Plot:
Robert (Simon Schwarz) is a rising politician who has built his career on being real and honest. In the middle of his election campaign he takes a weekend off to travel with his pregnant girlfriend Katharina (Anna Unterberger) to Tyrol. On their way there, they are followed by Wolfgang (Nicholas Ofczarek) who knows Robert from way back when. And Wolfgang knows something about Robert’s past that Robert has worked very hard to hide.

The movie did not impress me. It’s not really bad, it’s not really good. It just is.

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Sennentuntschi [Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps] (2010)

Sennentuntschi is the newest film by Michael Steiner, written by himself, Stefanie Japp and Michael Sauter and starring Roxane Mesquida, Nicholas Ofczarek, Carlos Leal and Andrea Zogg.

Plot:
In a small village in the Swiss Alps, a young woman (Roxane Mesquida) turns up, naked, distressed and not talking. The village cop Sebastian (Nicholas Ofczarek) takes her in and tries to find out what happened to her. At the same time, a group of dairy makers goes missing from a mountain pasture. Are these two stories connected, like the village populace seems to think? And is there something to the legend of the Sennentuntschi*?

[*For people who don’t know the legend, which is not well-known, especially not outside of the German-speaking area: It’s basically the story of dairymakers – who spend the whole summer alone on pastures – building a sex doll for themselves that finally comes to life and exacts her revenge.]

I had pretty high hopes for this film. I mean, the plot of the legend does lend itself quite well to feminist interpretations/telling a female empowerment story. Unfortunately they completely screwed that up. And the ending sucked.

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