Luzifer (2021)

Luzifer
Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Cast: Susanne Jensen, Franz Rogowski, Monika Hinterhuber, Theo Blaickner
Seen on: 26.4.2022

Content Note: ableism/cripping up, abuse

Plot:
Maria (Susanne Jensen) lives off the grid in the mountains with her son Johannes (Franz Rogowski) who has a learning disability. They spend their days mostly quietly and calmly with a lot of prayer and Johannes’ birds of prey. But their idyllic existence is threatened when plans are made to create a skiing area around them – and the developers are desperate to buy their land, unwilling to accept that Maria won’t sell. An evil is coming for Maria and Johannes.

My history with Peter Brunner movies isn’t without its issues, but I have liked his films increasingly more – and Luzifer is probably the one I liked the most so far. It doesn’t always work, but it is definitely engaging.

The film poster showing Maria (Susanne Jensen) sitting on Johannes' (Franz Rogowski) shoulders. Both have their arms spread wide. Behind them is a mountain.
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To the Night (2018)

To the Night
Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Jana McKinnon, Christos Haas, Russ Foxx
Seen on: 9.7.2019

Plot:
Norman (Caleb Landry Jones) survived a fire when he was a child, but his parents didn’t. He is still traumatized by this, but tries to have a normal family life with his girlfriend Penelope (Eleonore Hendricks) and their little son. After he pulls his best friend Andi (Christos Haas) from a fire, Norman’s own childhood memories resurface and he finds himself drawn to fire.

To the Night is not an easy film, and I didn’t expect it to be. While it is a little exhausting to watch, there is something to it – though personally I got more caught up in a small aspect of it than the grand scheme of things.

The film poster showing Norman (Caleb Landry Jones) painted in blue colors with a red fire behind him.
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Jeder der fällt hat Flügel [Those Who Fall Have Wings] (2015)

Jeder der fällt hat Flügel [der should be two commas there but aren’t and it’s making me only a little bit nervous]
Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Cast: Jana McKinnon, Pia Dolezal, Christos Haas, Renate Hild
Seen on: 2.9.2016

Plot:
Kati (Jana McKinnon) spends her summer with her grandmother (Renate Hild) and her little sister Pia (Pia Dolezal). There’s a vulnerability in the air. Kati has asthma and seems depressed, her parents are not in the picture, her grandmother’s death seems just around the corner. Kati tries to take everything on, but she’s only 15 years old and things are bound to overwhelm.

Jeder der fällt hat Flügel manages to create an interesting atmosphere with engaging imagery but I wasn’t really able to connect with the film. In fact, my reaction was mostly boredom and a certain annoyance at the artsy-fartsy symbolism of it all.

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Mein blindes Herz [My Blind Heart] (2013)

Mein blindes Herz
Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Cast: Christos Haas, Jana McKinnon, Susanne Lothar, Georg Friedrich, Robert Schmiedt

Plot:
Kurt (Christos Haas) suffers from Marfan syndrome which has taken almost all of his sight and caused various other disabilities in him. After the death of his mother (Susanne Lothar) or maybe even before that, Kurt becomes unhinged. He behaves inappropriately at a home for the mentally disabled (where he’s staying) and gets thrown out. With the last tether to his existence so far severed, he finds himself an abandoned apartment to stay at, together with runaway Conny (Jana McKinnon). But ultimately Kurt is at war with his own body and existence.

Mein blindes Herz is an artsy movie and just so you don’t miss that fact, it’s got a difficult topic matter, it works with metaphors and it’s shot in black and white. That probably isn’t everyone’s thing and it didn’t work well for me. Mostly I just thought that it was too long, despite the many things it had going for it.

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