Waren einmal Revoluzzer [Once Were Rebels] (2019)

Waren einmal Revoluzzer
Director: Johanna Moder
Writer: Johanna Moder
Cast: Julia Jentsch, Marcel Mohab, Aenne Schwarz, Manuel Rubey, Tambet Tuisk, Lena Tronina, Josef Hader
Seen on: 10.9.2020

Helene (Julia Jentsch) is a judge, her husband Jakob (Manuel Rubey) a musician and stay-at-home dad. Their lives are pretty settled, as is their friend’s Volker (Marcel Mohab), a therapist with an unceasing string of girlfriends. The newest is Tina (Aenne Schwarz), an art historian who works with children at the museum. When Volker mentions that he will go to Russia for a conference, Helene asks him to bring a package to Pavel (Tambet Tuisk), her Russian college boyfriend who finds himself in a tight spot. This leads to Pavel actually fleeing from Russia to Austria. To Helene’s surprise, he shows up with his wife Eugenia (Lena Tronina) and their child, getting everything in disarray.

Waren einmal Revoluzzer profits from its political heart that does elevate the film beyond the rather standard comedy it is. Still, while entertaining and well-made, I didn’t really love it.

The film poster shwing the faces of the 3 couples in the film.
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Nong hak [Dearest Sister] (2016)

Nong hak
Director: Mattie Do
Writer: Christopher Larsen
Cast: Amphaiphun PhommapunyaVilouna PhetmanyTambet Tuisk
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Nok (Amphaiphun Phommapunya) travels to Vientiane, the Lao capital, to be with her sister Ana (Vilouna Phetmany) who recently turned blind and needs help. Nok, who so far has lived in a small village in relative poverty, is impressed by the rich lifestyle of her sister, who married the white, shady businessman Jakob (Tambet Tuisk). The relationship between the sisters is contentious, and Nok tries to use her new position mostly for her own gain, even at the cost of others. But it appears that Ana is still able to see something – only what she sees may not be exactly on this plane of reality.

Dearest Sister (which I actually crowdfunded, so it was a double pleasure to see it in cinemas here) was engaging throughout, although I did have a couple of issues with it and it didn’t quite blow me away. Still, it was a good watch.

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Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms
Director: Sebastian Nübling [German]
Writer: Simon Stephens
Cast: Rasmus Kaljujärv, Risto Kübar, Lasse Myhr, Mirtel Pohla, Jaak Prints, Gert Raudsep, Ferdy Roberts, Steven Scharf, Rupert Simonian, Çigdem Teke, Nick Tennant, Tambet Tuisk, Sergo Vares
Part of: Wiener Festwochen

When a severed head is found in the Thames, two British policemen, Ignatius (Nick Tennant) and Charlie (Ferdy Roberts) get drawn into an investigation that starts off with the arrest of a young boy (Ruper Simonian) but then evolves into a story about human trafficking that leads the two of them to Germany. There they meet their German colleague Dresner (Steven Scharf) who tries to help them. Ultimately the trail leads to a mysterious guy called The White Bird and to Estonia.

Three Kingdoms was interesting and weird and cool and very funy and just a little incomprehnsible and too long. But I very much enjoyed myself and the show, even if 2 (instead of 3) hours would probably have been enough.

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