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|Original title:||The Mercy|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 102 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) has high ambitions and many visions. Unfortunately, this is exactly the reason why his small company is on the verge of collapse. In order to save them and save his family from poverty, a small miracle is needed. And this is what Donald hopes for with his participation in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. If he succeeds in being the person who sails around the world alone, without a stopover and of course fastest, the prize money would save his existence. There is only one problem: Donald is an amateur sailor who has never sailed on the high seas before. The perfect boat should compensate for this deficit, but it costs time and lots of money. But with a lot of skill, persuasion and support from his wife Clare (Rachel Weisz) he plunges into the adventure with which he will write history…
"Vor uns das Meer" tells the true story of a man who was willing to embark on a dangerous journey around the world for his professional and family existence, but who not only overestimated his own abilities but also his courage. It's a very tragic story that director James Marsh ("The Discovery of Infinity") has turned into a thrilling and moving one. As a spectator you admire the courage of the simple man, who with his ingenuity and his iron will wants to succeed against the professional sailors. One notices how he manoeuvres himself more and more into a corner from which there is no escape anymore. And that's exactly what gives the film its enormous tension.
For everyone who's not familiar with the story of Donald Crowhurst and its outcome, there's not much more to be revealed here. Only this much perhaps: For the staging it was enormously important that the audience noticed the dilemma Crowhurst had brought himself into and what was at stake for him - and especially for his family. This was the only way to make the end at least a little more comprehensible. It was also important that a strong actor was found for the leading role, as he has to carry the movie alone for most of the movie. And Oscar-winning Colin Firth has done this extremely well.
With a lot of drama, a little humor, some impressive pictures and strong actors James Marsh traces a man's attempt to steer the life that threatens to slip out of his hands back into the right track, while he simply doesn't want to see the dangers that this entails. An entertaining and gripping drama, which more than deserves a clear "worth seeing"!
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