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|Direction:||Sonja Maria Kröner|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 96 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Summer 1976: After the funeral of grandma Sophie the family meets in the community garden outside Munich. This little idyll has been a meeting place for holidays or family celebrations for years. But now the adults are arguing about whether the property should be sold and who gets what share. The children, on the other hand, enjoy playing in the great outdoors and exploring the mysterious neighbouring property. But the news about a disappeared girl from the area, a plague of wasps and long family disputes lie like dark clouds over the hot summer days…
The most positive thing that can be said about Sonja Maria Kröner's debut film "Sommerhäuser" is that the filmmaker succeeds very well in creating a very individual and special atmosphere. On the one hand, it is clearly anchored in the 70s, but at the same time appears very timeless. In this dense atmosphere the ensemble acts really very well. Thus some really authentic and stirring snapshots are created, which let you really feel the oppressive heat of the sultry summer of 1976.
However the film has some big problems, which unfortunately stand in the way of a positive overall impression. In principle, the whole thing is really nothing more than a series of snapshots. There's no real story being told. As a viewer you are pushed into the life of the protagonists and actually pulled out again without any redemption. And in between you have to watch scenes in which the veranda is swept or the coffee table is set for minutes.
In addition, the people you spend your time with here are not the big sympathizers. And spending money on watching a few people, to whom you can't build any emotional bond, argue or do everyday housework isn't really something I can recommend with a clear conscience. Certainly, there are certainly some lovers of German auteur cinema who will be enthusiastic about this somewhat different family portrait just by the strong play of the actors or the charged atmosphere. But those who go to the cinema to be entertained well are absolutely wrong, despite the positive aspects. And that's why there's only one bottom line: Worth seeing with restrictions
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