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|Production country:||Deutschland 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 101 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Actually Karl (Jonas Dassler) could be satisfied with his life. Together with his parents and his twin sister Anna (Eva Nürnberg) he lives in a well-heeled quarter of Berlin. And after the forthcoming Abitur all paths are already open to him from a purely financial point of view. But unlike Anna, who knows exactly where she wants to go in her life, for Karl the future is one big question mark. Fears of uncertainty are overshadowed with cynicism and the boy flees to his blog "The Language of Many Others", in which he also posts personal photos of his family - an additional burden on his already tense relationship with his father. When Karl and his classmate Doro (Lucie Hollmann) get closer and he falls in love with her, for the first time he thinks he knows exactly what he wants. But when the relationship doesn't work out the way he imagined it to, he makes a drastic decision, completely disillusioned…
"LOMO - The Language of Many Others" is Julia Langshof's directorial debut, which tells a rather conventional coming-of-age story from a purely dramaturgical point of view, but makes use of some rather unconventional means. This makes the movie visually quite thrilling at times. But also thematically he has a certain importance through Karl's dealings with social media. The actors are convincing, even though some dialogues are conveyed a bit too stiltedly here and there.
What the film ultimately suffers from, despite many positive elements, is the somewhat too strong use of clichés. The well-off family, where the parents only care about their careers and seem to have no interest in the children, has been seen countless times. Even the naive arrogance with which rebellious teenagers react to such emotional neglect is unfortunately not really new. On the contrary. Wouldn't it be much more exciting to see that a child loses its foothold, even though it actually only experiences love and support from its parents? That uncertainty about the future or the desperate search for a goal for one's own life is not spurred on by emotional coldness in the parental home? This might also make it easier to build an emotional bond with Karl, who doesn't really seem to regret his actions in hurting other people.
The connection that exists between Karl's father and Doro's mother seems too constructed to be credible - in contrast to other elements of the story. All this leads in the end to the fact that "LOMO - The Language of Many Others" is a movie with many good approaches, but not all of which are convincingly implemented. But at least the drama presents a very strong leading actor and the potential to approach an important topic in an unspent way. If this had also been possible with the drawing of the figures and the structure of the dramaturgy, it would have been a great film. So it's still a promising debut with some weaknesses and therefore also a good bottom line: Worth seeing!
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