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|Direction:||Franziska Meyer Price|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2020|
|Running time:||Ca. 80 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
She just can't decide: Actually Lolle (Felicitas Woll) is standing at the altar with Hart (Matthias Klimsa). Together they run an animation company that is about to do big business with the USA. So their lives do indeed seem to be on an orderly course. But then Sven (Jan Sosniok) reappears on the scene and proposes to her just before she says yes - and the chaos is back! And it takes on such proportions that Lolle ends up before a judge and is sentenced to community service at a school. Here she meets Dana (Janina Uhse), whose life seems to be at least as crazy as Lolle's once was. And that's not good at all, because through this encounter Lolle unintentionally gets involved in an adventure that questions everything she believed in the last years.
"Berlin, Berlin" was a real ray of hope in the German series landscape at the beginning of the 2000s: Lolle's chaos of life and love was told in a witty, original and charming way, and the series was celebrated by critics and the public alike. After four seasons, Lolle was over, despite good ratings and various awards - including the International Emmy Award, the first German series to receive this award. 15 years later there is now a revival - and unfortunately this is a very sobering matter. Although not only some of the actors of the series are back, but with director Franziska Meyer Price and screenwriter David Safier, two driving forces that played a major role in the success of the ARD cult series, only little is left of the series' wit and especially its charm.
The story is flat and bristles with clichés. Since the new characters have hardly any room to unfold in just under 80 minutes, they too remain one-dimensional, which also affects the credibility of the story. Because quite honestly: Would you make friends with a person who steals from you, drugs you, kidnaps you, spits in your face and insults you? Of course not, but here we are sold in a way that Lolle somehow recognizes herself in Dana, who does exactly that with her, and also realizes that behind the outrageous facade there is also such a good person. But seriously: This is not only unbelievable, but also not funny at all.
This also applies to the completely exaggeratedly presented subplots, which culminate in a finale that comes across as rushed, loveless and clichéd. No, that's really miles away from the qualities of the series. Why the creators didn't succeed in saving even a hint of humor and romance into the movie version and why even the once so beloved characters are just still annoying, remains a mystery to me and unfortunately confirms the widespread reservation against such reboots. Sometimes it's really better not to revive series (or films) from the past, which many people have such nice and positive memories of.
"Berlin, Berlin - Der Film" was supposed to be released in the cinemas in March, but landed directly on Netflix due to the Corona pandemic. This is really not a real loss for the badly shaken cinema landscape. Many fans, who were looking forward to a nice portion of nostalgia, might be bitterly disappointed after the end of the movie. Anyway: On Netflix you can now watch the series - so better go back and watch it again!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp