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|Production country:||Deutschland 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 92 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Family vacation in the mountains - a real horror for 17-year-old Luna (Lisa Vicari). She would much rather stay in town and celebrate with her friends. But soon she wishes the supposed family idyll back when her parents and her sister are murdered in cold blood and Luna is hunted mercilessly by the killers. She gets help from Hamid (Carlo Ljubek), a friend of her father. Her father (Benjamin Sadler) was a Russian secret agent who wanted to get out after twenty years to protect his family. Hamid wants to help Luna to leave for Moscow to find shelter with her real grandmother. But Luna needs certainty: she has to find out why her family had to die - whatever the cost…
For his directorial debut "Luna", Khaled Kaissar was inspired by the true story of a couple who had worked as Russian agents in disguise for twenty years in Baden-Württemberg before their bourgeois façade was uncovered and the two were arrested. Their daughter had no idea their parents were spies. Similarly, Luna, who has to learn in a particularly terrible way that her father was not the man she thought he was. What was just a normal teenage life is suddenly a web of lies, fear and betrayal.
In the first act Kaissar succeeds very well in developing the story in an exciting and stirring way. The focus is on a girl who is not only targeted by the Russian secret service, but also by the Federal Intelligence Service. She knows that her life is in danger, but she is also aware that she cannot simply flee without knowing the whole truth. Like Luna herself, the viewer doesn't know who the girl can trust, who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. This and also some well implemented action sequences give the whole thing a decent entertainment value, which consoles away the clichés that were tried for in the script.
Lisa Vicari plays the title heroine absolutely convincingly and the other actors also leave a thoroughly positive impression. Especially in the middle part there are a few shorter lengths and the story has to struggle with some inconsistencies here and there. But all in all Kaissar has staged a more than solid espionage thriller, which maybe can't fully exploit its potential, but which offers enough good entertainment to deserve a "sight worth seeing".
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