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|Production country:||Frankreich 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 107 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
It's summer in Paris. Young David (Vincent Lacoste) enjoys his carefree single life, which he finances with various jobs. Only rarely does he have to take on something like responsibility when he takes care of his niece Amanda (Isaure Multrier). And to make this relaxed life perfect, David also meets his new neighbour Léna (Stacy Martin), with whom he begins a beautiful summer romance. But a moment is enough and David's life changes abruptly: His sister dies in a brutal attack and David is now forced to decide whether he will take sole responsibility for Amanda. He hardly has time to cope with his own grief, as he wants to be there for the seven-year-old girl as best he can. But is he really able to take on something like a father role?
As in his latest drama "This Summer Feeling" director Mikhaël Hers shows in "My Life with Amanda" how the unexpected death of a human being changes the lives of relatives. But although the subject matter is similar, the approach is quite different. It's true that a certain emotional restraint dominates Hers directing again. But this time he doesn't shy away from the big feelings, which he can build up without exploiting certain triggering elements. This becomes particularly impressive in the scene where David arrives at the place where his sister was killed a few moments earlier. Just because Hers cuts here in time for the next scene, this moment gets a tremendous emotional power.
This trick he succeeds again and again, which in the end leads to the fact that hardly an eye in the audience will stay dry. This may sound like "My Life with Amanda" is a very sad, heavy film. Yes, of course it's very sad at times, but overall it's a very, very beautiful, pleasantly light film that transports one thing above all else: Hope and love. Even if tears flow a few times, you leave the cinema with a happy smile on your face.
"My Life with Amanda" is a small film that triggers great emotions. The drama is brilliantly played by Vincent Lacoste and newcomer Isaure Multrier and tells a moving story, which despite its deep sadness doesn't pull the viewer down, but gives him a feeling of hope. A wonderful ode to life and to going through difficult times together in order to be able to recognize the beauty of life again at the end of the tunnel. Or in short: Simply a beautiful movie that deserves an "Absolutely worth seeing" more than!
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