|Original title:||Won`t back down|
|Production country:||USA 2012|
|Running time:||Ca. 116 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.35:1)|
|Bonus:||Deleted Scenes, Interviews, Audio Commentary|
Film: Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is desperate: the single mother and her daughter Malia (Emily Alyn Lind) are barely keeping their heads above water with their rather shabbily paid job. She cannot afford a good school for her daughter, although Malia would need special attention due to a learning disability. She doesn't get that at her school. Both her teacher and the principal of the school (Bill Nunn) are deaf to Jamie's ears. Nor does she receive the scholarship she had hoped for at a renowned private school. When she learns that, if she receives the support of parents and some teachers, she can take over the management of her daughter's school, if she can convince the school authorities that the previous management failed in its teaching assignment. Together with the dedicated teacher Nona (Viola Davis), who wishes her son Cody (Dante Brown) the best possible school education, Jamie takes up the fight against authorities, stubborn parents and frightened teachers. When it had its first successes, the teachers' union under the leadership of Evelyn Riske (Holly Hunter) fought back with hard bandages. But Jamie and Nona aren't that easily beaten...
"Um Klassen besser" is a neat Feel-Good drama, which tells its story inspired by true backgrounds a bit too intrusive. The little subtle and a bit too twisted game of Maggie Gyllenhaal, which in some scenes seems to be limited to the fact that she appears with a dogged mine and wide open eyes, supports this impression even more. The fact that pathos prevails over emotions in the end also clouds the overall impression a little. Overall, however, despite the weaknesses, it is still quite positive. Director Daniel Barnz, who hasn't exactly stained himself with fame with his "Beautiful and the Beast" version "Beastly" recently, was able to gather really strong female power in front of the camera for his new drama. Although Maggie Gyllenhaal should be the center of attention here, the show is stolen by her co-stars Viola Davis and especially by Holly Hunter. It's just fun to watch the good ensemble, which makes it easier to overlook some of the dramaturgical weaknesses.
Positive is also the fact that the story and its staging have the heart in the right place. It may be that the movie follows a clear schema F and has only few surprises to offer. And it may also be that the characters are very stereotyped. But what Barnz has to tell deals with a very topical and important problem, which should not only be discussed in the USA but also in Germany. A good school education is far too important to simply accept the failure of some educational institutions, politicians, but also parents. That it is worth fighting for children to be supported, that they learn things that give them a fair chance on an ever more difficult job market and that one must not only rely on the tried and tested but also break new ground is a message that many more people should take to heart.
Bepart from its message, "Um Klassen besser" is a strong women's film but also offers good entertainment, which is enhanced with a little humor, a pinch of romance and a few very emotional moments. If you don't mind the fact that the production is very clichéd and somewhat penetrating, you can take a look here. Therefore: not only for committed teachers and parents with small smears worth seeing!
Picture + sound: Since only a data-reduced press sample was available for the test, the final picture and sound quality cannot be evaluated here.
Extras: Also the bonus material could not be seen on the press DVD. Deleted scenes, interviews and an audio commentary by the director are announced.
Fazit: "Um Klassen besser" is an excellently cast drama that conveys its idealistic message a bit too penetratingly. At its core, the film has its heart in the right place, but since director Daniel Barnz is hitting the audience with his good ambitions with full force, much of the potential effect is lost under a lot of pathos. Maggie Gyllenhaal's not exactly subtle game even supports this impression. Still: the good cast and some touching moments, paired with a little warm-hearted humor, make this movie, inspired by true events, still worth seeing at the end with some compromises!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp