A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe [A E I O U – A Quick Alphabet of Love] (2022)

A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe
Director: Nicolette Krebitz
Writer: Nicolette Krebitz, Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Sophie Rois, Udo Kier, Milan Herms, Nicolas Bridet, Moritz Bleibtreu
Seen on: 7.7.2022

Plot:
Anna (Sophie Rois) is an actress, but she’s been having a hard time finding jobs. Due to her outspoken nature, she is considered difficult, and she isn’t young anymore. Her landlord and friend Michel (Udo Kier) has been patient with rent, but he won’t be patient forever, probably. So Anna decides to take on a student as a vocal coach. Said student is Adrian (Milan Herms), a young boy who needs help with a theater project to pass his class. Adrian also happens to have stolen Anna’s purse not too long ago. Anna finds herself intrigued with him, and takes him on as a student regardless. Adrian, too, finds himself fascinated by Anna, and their lessons soon take on a different nature.

A E I O U is an unusual film, not only in the central pairing, but also because it dares to give an older woman an amour fou. It’s funny, and romantic in a fucked up way, but above all, it’s free(ing).

The film poster showing Adrian (Milan Herms) and Anna (Sophie Rois) running through the street with makeshift newspaper masks.
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Das Vorspiel [The Audition] (2019)

Das Vorspiel
Director: Ina Weisse
Writer: Daphne Charizani, Ina Weisse
Cast: Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus, Ilja Monti, Serafin Mishiev, Sophie Rois
Seen on: 24.7.2020

Plot:
Anna (Nina Hoss) is a violin teacher. At the auditions for the music school she works at, she sees – and hears – Alexander (Ilja Monti). She thinks he shows great promise, while her colleague (Sophie Rois) is less convinced. Now Anna has half a year to push Alexander to make his talent obvious to everyone. At the same time, her own son Jonas (Serafin Mishiev) shows less and less interest in his own violin practice and her husband Philippe (Simon Abkarian) struggles with Anna’s increasing distance.

Das Vorspiel is the perfect stage for Nina Hoss to deliver a stunning performance, but storywise it is a little unsatisfying.

The film poster showing Anna (Nina Hoss) hugging her husband Philippe (Simon Abkarian) from behind at the top and below it, Anna playing the violin.
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Re-Watch: 3 (2010)

3
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Tom Tykwer
Cast: Sophie Rois, Sebastian SchipperDevid Striesow
Seen on: 8.1.2016
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (Sebastian Schipper) have been a couple for quite a while now and things are stagnating. It works but more because there’s no reason why it shouldn’t than because there’s a reason it should. When first Hanna, then Simon meet Adam (Devid Striesow) – separately from each other, they both sleep with him – also separately from each other. As both Hanna and Simon get more attached to Adam, their relationship with each other is more than being called into question.

I had actually forgotten that I had watched 3 before. It was only about 20 or 30 minutes into the film that I realized it and then I was pretty sure that I had at least never written about it, which was also wrong. I guess that’s already a pretty telling comment on the film itself. It’s far from bad, but somehow it just doesn’t really stick around.

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3 (2010)

3 is the newest movie by Tom Tykwer, starring Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper and Devid Striesow.

Plot:
Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (Sebastian Schipper) have been a couple for quite a while now and things are stagnating. It works but more because there’s no reason why it shouldn’t than because there’s a reason it should. But then first Hanna, then Simon meet Adam (Devid Striesow) – separately from each other. And both fall in love with him.

The cast is excellent and Tykwer approaches the story with a lot of sensitivity and a nice sense of humor. Unfortunately, I thought that it focussed on the wrong thing.

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