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|Production country:||Deutschland 2012|
|Running time:||Ca. 87 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
When it comes to her job, Tiffany Blechschmid (Johanna Wokalek) is well organized. With a lot of love and devotion she fulfilled a real dream with her well running delicatessen in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Too bad she just doesn't want to do it in her personal life. Because when it comes to men, everything that can go wrong goes wrong with the dreamy Tiffany. Whether the charming policeman Frank (Benjamin Sadler), the photographer Thomas (Itany Tiran) or her former piano teacher Hans (Richy Müller), as soon as Tiffany tries her hand at amorous adventures, her path seems to be paved with fat cups. It doesn't really help that her dead mother (Iris Berben) constantly appears to her and terrorizes her with clever advice. But is Tiffany really doomed to unhappiness or does fate have a surprise in store for her? "Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein" begins with the hint that the following film is not a comedy. It can be assumed that this hint isn't really meant at all, as the movie always tries to make its audience laugh. However, this only works to a very limited extent. It always seems as if the film, which is loosely based on Paul Watzlawick's world bestseller, wants to be something like the German counterpart to "The Fabulous World of Amélie", without, however, even nearly reaching its charm and originality. Although the movie is full of potentially loveable and interesting characters, Sherry Hormann ("Desert Flower") just can't work them out in a way that they actually reach the viewer. This may be due to the fact that the wordplay seems to be very hard or that the microcosm in which the figures move has not been worked out in such a way as to be able to unfold real magic. As much as the actors try hard to make their characters appear charming and lovable, which is what David Kross is most likely to do, there is little sympathy for them in the end. The worst hit is Johanna Wokalek. The talented actress gives Tiffany, who is a little bit of a target, in such a way that you just want to have her as a viewer. You want to wish her happiness in love, want someone to discover what a lovable person is under the chaotic facade. And even if Wokalek can save a lot here, the script and the staging make it almost impossible for her to claim the sympathy that her character actually deserves. It would now be easy to dismiss "Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein" simply as a failed attempt at a German romantic comedy of a somewhat different kind. But what makes the movie a real disappointment at the end is that its actual potential is tangible almost every second. One has the feeling that the staging always scratches by a hair's breadth what it could have been. Whether with the dead mother, who can't let her teachings come from the afterlife, with the policeman who has too much testosterone or with the staff of Tiffany's delicatessen shop, everywhere the possibilities of charm, wit, big emotions, bite and originality light up. However, whenever you are sure that the movie manages to hit the bull's eye now, you will be shot past the target by a hair's breadth. "Guide to Unhappiness" could have been an enchanting movie. The ingredients are all there, from the actors to the figure constellation to the book template. But unfortunately the result is a very weak movie, that seems to take its title too literally. Because unfortunately the viewers are not released happily from this film. Too bad!
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