Siebzehn (2017)

Siebzehn
Director: Monja Art
Writer: Monja Art
Cast: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy, Alexandra Schmidt, Christopher Schärf, Reinhard Nowak
Seen on: 2.5.2017

Plot:
Paula (Elisabeth Wabitsch) is in love with her classmate Charlotte (Anaelle Dézsy). But Charlotte has a boyfriend, Michael (Leo Plankensteiner). So Paula starts dating the nerdy Tim (Alexander Wychodil) instead, but Tim actually likes her. And then there’s also Lilli (Alexandra Schmidt) who knows how to handle boys and loves to get under Paula’s skin.

I really enjoyed Siebzehn. Not only was it shot where I live and features a bisexual protagonist, it’s simply a strong coming-of-age film with a pretty cool soundtrack. That’s how Austrian cinema should be.

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Re-Watch: Komm, süßer Tod [Come, Sweet Death] (2000)

Komm, süßer Tod
Director: Wolfgang Murnberger
Writer: Wolf HaasJosef Hader, Wolfgang Murnberger
Based on: Wolf Haasnovel
Cast: Josef Hader, Simon Schwarz, Barbara Rudnik, Michael Schönborn, Bernd Michael Lade, Nina Proll, Karl Markovics, Reinhard Nowak
Seen on: 13.7.2015

Plot:
Simon Brenner (Josef Hader) used to be a police man, but after a, let’s call it a disagreement with his boss, he lost his job and now works as an ambulance driver together with Berti (Simon Schwarz). Brenner is not a very ambitious person and has settled in that life. But when a nurse and a doctor are murdered, and shortly afterwards one of his colleagues and another colleague is accused of the crime, his routine gets shaken up and Brenner finds himself investigating, rather in spite of himself.

Komm, süßer Tod has an excellent sense of humor and an interesting crime story, so it’s not surprising that it was the start to probably Austria’s most successful cinema series, even though from a film-making perspective it’s actually quite abysmal.

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