|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating:|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 100 min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The quiet furniture remover Walter (Rainer Bock) works for a shipping company that is commissioned to carry out evictions. Even during the Christmas season, Walter and his team are to vacate the apartment of a family in Frankfurt's Nordend district. But when the former weightlifter sees the young family man Jan (Albrecht Schuch), who rebels courageously against the eviction, he believes he recognizes in him his son, whom he left many years ago. Now Walter is trying to help Jan and his family. But he doesn't just have to stand up against his boss and mess with the speculators, who also don't shy away from violence to get the apartment. He also has to deal with the events from his past, which led him to leave Jan…
With his cinema debut "Atlas" director David Nawrath tells a moving father-son story, which he embeds in a very topical theme. Whoever lives in a city like Frankfurt will be able to understand the problems Jan and his family are confronted with. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality when Jan's wife answers the question, just take it and move somewhere else, frustrated that sooner or later this will happen to them again in the next apartment. Finding affordable housing in the city you work in is becoming more and more difficult. Of course, not every refurbishment and the resulting rent increase is actually the result of a criminal organization, as shown in this film. However, it is not uncommon for tenants to be mobbed out of their apartments by unfair means in order to renovate them and offer them at significantly higher prices.
Rainer Bock, who recently celebrated international success in the acclaimed series "Better call Saul", plays his role with an almost stoic restraint, which makes sense as soon as the viewer learns what secret the furniture remover is carrying around with him. Embedded in atmospheric shots of Frankfurt and a stirring subplot, a timid but very intense family story unfolds, which only loses a little bit of its power through the somewhat conventional epilogue. All in all, however, the following applies: powerfully staged and well played drama that can be warmly recommended to lovers of somewhat calmer programme cinema fare from Germany. Worth seeing!
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