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|Genre:||Comedy, Drama, Tragicomedy|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 122 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Actually, Apple (Nadja Uhl) had hoped to finally be able to free herself from her hippie mother Ingrid (Hannelore Elsner) when she travels to rehab in the Spanish Torremolinos - the place Apple doesn't particularly associate pleasant childhood memories with. But while Ingrid no longer recognizes the place where she experienced a life full of freedom, dreams and passion more than thirty years ago as an aging all-inclusive tourist and yet is confronted with the past in an extremely intense way, her daughter in Germany slides from one catastrophe to the next. But just when the situation for both looks as if it couldn't get any worse, life still has some surprises in store for them - one of them in the form of transvestite Tim/Tina (Hinnerk Schönemann), whose past is closely linked to that of Ingrid and Apple…
With "Alles inklusive" Doris Dörrie has filmed her successful novel of the same name from 2011. Somewhere between comedy and melancholic drama, it tells an episodic story of mother-daughter conflicts, of people in search of personal happiness, of letting go of the past and of the horror of package tourism. Doris Dörrie shot her film under almost documentary conditions in Torremolinos, where her actors were allowed to act in the midst of real hotel guests. This gives the movie a certain authentic flair, which, however, is opposed by some very clichéd drawn situations.
No question, "All Inclusive" has some really wonderful moments. Axel Prahl is simply great and Nadja Uhl is also, at least in the beginning, very loveable in her chaotic way. The therapeutic dialogues Apple has with her dog give hope for a great comedy. However, not only the episodic structure, but also some of the resulting lengths, as well as some not quite mature plot elements draw the movie's entertainment value down noticeably. At some point the action is no longer charming or amusing, but simply tough and exhausting. However, the renowned filmmaker must be credited with not making any compromises in order to make the work more suitable for the masses. As with "Die Friseuse" or "Glück", Dörrie remains true to her visual and dramaturgical style. If you liked her last films, you may also discover qualities here that are simply hidden from other viewers.
Even great admirers of Doris Dörrie will not be able to deny that "all inclusive" has to struggle with some problems. But while these are too heavy for some viewers to survive the whole two hours, for others they hardly carry any negative weight. The depth that the film pretends to have here and there may actually not be there. Nevertheless, friends of German cinema comedies of a somewhat more sophisticated kind will certainly not regret buying a cinema ticket. Therefore, the following applies: with some exceptions for Dörrie fans definitely worth seeing!
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