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|Production country:||Deutschland 2019|
|Running time:||About 113 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Leo (Tim Oliver Schultz), Jonas (Damian Hardung), Hugo (Nick Julius Schuck), Emma (Luise Befort), Alex (Timur Bartels) and Toni (Ivo Kortlang) are normal teenagers with annoying siblings, inattentive parents and school problems. But these six will soon be linked by a fate that will make these problems seem like little trifles. But they are not yet ready to join forces as the "Club of the Red Ribbons" in the Albertus Clinic. Everything is still normal - especially for Leo, for whom everything seems to be rosy. But from one moment to the next he is torn out of the beautiful life when he is diagnosed with cancer. Now he's facing severe treatment. And as if that wasn't bad enough already, his bed neighbor (Jürgen Vogel) also seems to be a real stink boot. Soon the boy wonders what else is worth fighting for. But he is not alone…
With the series "Polseres vermelles" the Spaniard Albert Espinosa caused an international sensation. After there were adaptations of the material in various countries such as Italy and Chile, a US remake was shot in 2014, for which even Steven Spielberg could be won as a producer. Despite enormous criticism, the "Red Band Society" turned into a commercial flop and was reinstated after a season. Of course, it was questionable whether a German version of the story would work better. VOX provided the answer in a surprisingly clear way: the station's first self-produced series became one of the biggest surprise successes of the television year 2015 and was also able to achieve excellent ratings with the two subsequent series.
Espinosa himself described the German adaptation as the most successful film adaptation of his autobiographical history. All the happier he was when he got the chance to tell the prehistory as a feature film together with the makers of the series. Jan Martin Scharf, who was already awarded the Grimme Prize and an international Emmy for his work on the series, was one of the writers, the director Felix Binder. And also in front of the camera, the familiar serial faces gathered to slip back into their beloved roles.
Of course: "Club of red ribbons - how it all began" wouldn't have really needed it. Dramaturgically, the film adds no really new facets to the series. The whole thing is more of an extended remix of the first episode. For newcomers, many question marks remain. But for fans - and for them the film is made - this reunion with the series favorites is a successful gift. And that's what matters. The film can capture the mood of the series very well and lays the emotional foundation for the already told stories of the club members.
A nice innovation is the figure that Jürgen Vogel is allowed to play. It's this storyline that makes the movie really worth seeing. The unusual friendship that develops between Leo and Benni reflects what has made the series so special: the viewer can laugh and cry - and sometimes both at the same time. In addition, the figures are really charmingly drawn, which is why they quickly grow on you. The only really negative aspect is that the upcoming formation of the club is predicted too penetratingly. Here the makers could have gone a little more subtly to the point.
"Club der roten Bänder - Wie alles begann" is a nice thank you to all the fans who made the series such a big success. Whether it can be repeated in the cinema, that remains to be seen. Anyone who thinks: I liked the series, but do I have to go to the cinema for it? You will like the movie, so the purchase of a cinema ticket is absolutely recommendable!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp