|Production country:||Frankreich 2012|
|Running time:||Ca. 88 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (1.78:1)|
Contents: It should be a beautiful day - but it ended in a nightmare. Cathy (Patricia Kaas) has prepared everything for the surprise party for the 20th birthday of her daughter Eva (Clara Brajtman). Cathy's ex-husband Richard (Serge Hazanavicius) has come as well as friends and relatives, the grill is turned on and in the garage a car is waiting for the birthday child. When Eva still hasn't turned up after hours, Cathy's initial anger quickly turns into great concern, which culminates in bare horror for the separated parents. Because Eva's dead. She was brutally murdered, the perpetrator lacks any trace at first. While the police do everything they can to find Eva's murderer, Cathy falls into a paralyzing fainting state. She doesn't know how she can find her way back into life, especially as the investigations take an unbearable amount of time despite her first arrest. In the following weeks and months she is confronted again and again with cruel details about the death of her daughter and again and again and when Richard himself gets suspected, the emotional burden seems to be hardly bearable anymore...
"The price of death" is an intense drama about the worst nightma parents can imagine. The story is shattering and moving and also the play of the actors is convincing. Especially Patricia Kaas, who after a break of ten years only tries her hand as an actress for the second time, does her job as a completely broken mother really well. In itself, it's no big deal that the visual realization of the film clearly shows that this is a TV production.
What hurts the drama, on the other hand, are the time limits to which such a TV format is exposed. Unfortunately, telling such a complex story with constant twists in less than 90 minutes inevitably brings with it a certain superficiality. There just isn't time to give the characters more depth or to thoroughly work out the story with all its aspects. The dramaturgy is reminiscent of the part of the first season of "Commissioner Lund" in which the family of the murdered Nanna Birk Larsen was the centre of attention. This family also had to struggle with lengthy investigations and constantly changing suspects. They, too, had no time to cope with their grief properly. But while this can be carefully worked out in a TV series over several episodes, a 90-minute film can only scratch the surface.
This of course significantly reduces the intensity of the story. Nevertheless, "The Price of Death" is not a bad or even shallow film. Director Thierry Binisti has enough experience in the television business to get the best out of the story's potential even in a very tight time frame. Despite all his superficiality, he has succeeded in creating a moving family drama that on the one hand shows how such a cruel crime can destroy the bereaved, but at the same time also shows the hope that the way to a better future is quite possible by dealing with grief worth living. And this is exactly why this TV success from France is absolutely recommendable for all lovers of thrilling TV dramas!
Picture + Sound: The technical realization of the drama, like the staging itself, is rather unagitated. The sound comes in a very restrained stereo mix and the clean picture presents itself with a tidy sharpness and an authentic coloration. While this is not an audiovisual revelation, it is more than satisfactory overall. Good!
Extras: Was the DVD only a single extra to offer. However, this is a quite interesting and with 36 minutes also pleasantly extensive Making of, in which the makers and actors deal with the story and its cinematic realization. Gut!
Fazit: "The Price of Death" is a well-played drama, the intensity of which is actually only clouded by the fact, that the story, which covers a longer period of time and a lot of twists and turns, is dealt with in a very short 88 minutes and thus remains a bit too superficial here and there. Yet, despite some small dramaturgical weaknesses the movie is absolutely worth seeing for friends of moving family dramas. The DVD presents the French production in good picture and sound quality, as extras there is an audio film version for the visually impaired and a decent Making of. Recommended
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp