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Frau Müller must leave

Frau Müller must leave

Deutschland 2014 - with Anke Engelke, Ken Duken, Mina Tander, Justus von Donahnyi, Alwara Höfels, Gabriela Maria Schmeide ...

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Movie info

Genre:Comedy
Direction:Sönke Wortmann
Cinema release:15.01.2015
Production country:Deutschland 2014
Running time:Ca. 87 min.
Rated:From 6 years
Web page:frau-mueller-muss-weg.de
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For fear that her children will not make the transition to grammar school because their class teacher seems to be completely overstrained and incompetent, is clear for the parents of a primary school class. Mrs. Müller has to leave. Wolf (Justus von Dohnányi), the single parent Katja (Alwara Höfels), the couple Patrick and Marina (Ken Duken & Mina Tander) as well as the resolute Jessica (Anke Engelke) are to submit their joint request for resignation to the teacher (Gabriela Maria Schmeide) in an extraordinarily convened parents' consultation day. But Mrs. Müller reacts differently than expected. She confronts the anxious parents with their view of things - and that degenerates into a relentless reckoning that tears down every perfectly constructed façade of the parents present. And suddenly the fight for the education of the children is fought out on completely new battlefields…

That "Frau Müller muss weg" is based on a play, you can see in the film. Especially in the first third, which plays almost completely in the small classroom, director Sönke Wortmann manages very well to break out of the stage format and to show that this rather small material is also in good hands on the big screen. This is, of course, primarily due to the script, which Lutz Hübner and his wife Sarah Nemitz, the authors of the play, also co-wrote. The dialogues are so funny precisely because they are sometimes so painfully close to reality. Anyone who has ever experienced a discussion during a parents' evening will recognize a lot here. Admittedly, from time to time the verbal fights could have been a little more vicious and biting. But all in all there are enough successful moments, which make the story an absolutely unerring satire about the modern school system, about educational methods, but also about the 25 years after the fall of the wall still not a completely unprejudiced relationship between East and West.

That the comedy works so well isn't only due to the script and the direction, though. First and foremost, it is the very well chosen ensemble that makes this horror parents' evening so worth seeing. This is especially true of Anke Engelke, who is a tough and naturally infallible career mum to her best form. But Justus von Donáhnyi as the overprotective father and Gabriela Maria Schmeide as Frau Müller also quickly prove to be the perfect cast. Watching this ensemble argue and dismantle their bourgeois facades is a real pleasure - even if the laughter sometimes gets stuck in your throat due to the well observed closeness to reality.

Sönke Wortmann, who also staged the play at the GRIPS Theater in Berlin, almost completely resists the temptation to let the verbal battles degenerate too much. Only rarely does he use the slapstick card in addition to the dialogues. Such moments may seem a bit flatter in a direct comparison with the sometimes very clever dialogues. However, they are not really disturbing in weight. Rather, they underline the overall impression of a fun cinema comedy, which offers its viewers not only the opportunity to laugh, but also plenty of material for mutual exchange after a visit to the cinema. Even though the characters and the story itself seem slightly exaggerated in a way, many viewers will feel reminded of parents from their personal environment and of their own experiences. And for that, "Frau Müller muss weg" clearly deserves "Absolutely worth seeing" despite smaller deductions in the B mark!   ]

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