Schlechte Partie aka Mädchen ohne Mitgift [Without a Dowry] Director: Alvis Hermanis Writer: Alexander Ostrovsky Cast: Dörte Lyssewski, Marie-Luise Stockinger, Peter Simonischek, Martin Reinke, Michael Maertens, Nicholas Ofczarek, Fabian Krüger, Hermann Scheidleder, Hans Dieter Knebel, Christoph Kohlbacher, Peta Klotzberg Seen on: 4.2.2018
Plot: Larissa (Marie-Luise Stockinger) is beautiful and if she had any dowry, she would surely be able to choose her suitor. Unfortunately she doesn’t. Karandyschew (Michael Maertens) wants to marry her anyway. But then Paratow (Nicholas Ofczarek) shows up. He and Larissa used to be engaged until Paratow broke it off. Larissa is stull very much in love with him. Now that he’s back, she gets her hopes up once more. But recently broke Paratow is set to marry a rich woman the next day. That doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun with Larissa, though.
Schlechte Partie looks lush, but that’s about the only really good thing about it. It’s too long, too male and too tame.
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.
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.
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.
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.