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Worst Case Scenario

Worst Case Scenario

Deutschland 2014 - with Samuel Finzi, Eva Löbau, Laura Tonke, Florian Mischa Böder ...

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Movie info

Direction:Franz Müller
Cinema release:02.07.2015
Production country:Deutschland 2014
Running time:Ca. 82 min.
Rated:From 0 years
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It's actually the perfect idea: to shoot a film about the European Football Championship on a camping site in Gdansk. It couldn't be more authentic! But when the production learns that it is supposed to be a comedy in which men light their farts - and this very close to the place where the Nazis killed thousands of people in World War II - the donors withdraw. Director Georg (Samuel Finzi) still wants to shoot the film at any price. Without money and without a large part of the team, they just improvise. Real campers are supposed to take over some of the roles, the plot is adapted accordingly - and you don't actually need an expensive cameraman or professional sound. Georg is convinced that there is a solution for every problem. But the constantly shrinking team, insurmountable language barriers, oversized egos and finally the weather make the shooting a real disaster. But the Worst Case Scenario only occurs when Georg also learns that his costume designer Olga (Eva Löbau) is pregnant from him and that he now has to struggle not only with his artistic problems but also with private disputes...

With "Worst Case Scenario" Franz Müller has created a delicious real satire in which he has used many of his own experiences. The circumstances that led to the making of the film are not unlike those in the story of Georg and his team. Müller, his actors and his team also lived on the campsite in Gdansk in sometimes very bad weather, many roles were cast by laymen, the scenes were mostly improvised and large financial resources were also not available. In addition, "Worst Case Scenario" was actually born out of necessity, since the film Müller actually wanted to shoot was not made.

Thanks to its extreme closeness to reality, film-in-film history not only shines with a good portion of self-irony. It also has a rousing authenticity and sometimes disarming bite, which covers smaller pendants very well. When Georg supposedly defends a lack of professionalism by saying that Fellini would have made movies in this way, too, or that there is a baby in the foreground of a scene in a cafe that almost casually watches cell phone videos and is thus immobilised by her parents, then this is simply funny in a subtle and yet somehow very direct way to roar.

Sure, if you can't get involved with the obviously improvised style of the movie, you won't find many things funny, but rather exhausting. One should have a soft spot for more experimental filmmaking, as well as for satires about the film business, about inflated egos and about relationship incapacities. Because then "Worst Case Scenario" is a great pleasure and one of the more pleasant surprises of German cinema this year. But there is also a deserved one for that: Worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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