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|Production country:||Deutschland 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 86 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
It doesn't look good for the Swabian pig farmer Huber (Golo Euler). First his beloved Birgit (Rosalie Thomass) moved to East Germany and then he has to find out that his family's farm is broke. And just when it couldn't get any worse, a meteorite falls directly into his barn. Now he's faced with nothing. He's got only one last sow left. Together with her Huber leaves his home and starts a new life as a rebellious vagabond. Maybe he can change something, set a sign against the big ones, destroy the small one like him without conscience. Because one thing is clear: it doesn't go on like this!
With "Die letzte Sau" director Aron Lehmann presents an anarchic road movie that tells its story as a mixture of biting satire, very weird humour and silent drama. Huber is a kind of Don Quixote, because his attempt to mess with the great and powerful is truly a battle against windmills. But that doesn't stop him from his crusade. This has moments of wonderful absurdity, which one experiences far too rarely in German cinema. However, there are also scenes in which society is held up to the mirror in an almost painful way. At such moments, the film reveals a skillfully constructed profundity that can underpin its interesting message.
Lehmann offers his viewers a lot to laugh and think about. But towards the end the whole thing loses its bite and seems too overconstructed, almost chaotic. It seems as if Lehmann wanted to catch up with the rather carried, almost laconic tempo of the beginning in the last act in order to pack everything he wanted to tell into the 86 minutes of running time. This still has a certain charm, but it doesn't work as well as the first half hour.
There is no question that "The Last Sow" is a very unusual movie, which may be a bit too special for the mass taste. But those who like quirky and wonderfully vicious comedies with depth should not miss this amusing mess. And therefore there is a good one at the end despite some weaknesses: Worth seeing!
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