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Mifti (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) is 16, but he really doesn't live an ordinary teenage life. Since the death of her mother, she has lived with her half siblings Anika (Laura Tonke) and Edmond (Julius Feldmeier) in a Berlin shared flat. She rarely goes to school and usually these visits end in the principal's room. She prefers to spend her time with Alice (Arly Jover) in her mid-forties, with whom she has had a wild affair for some time now. Or she goes with her new girlfriend, the actress Ophelia (Mavie Hörbiger) through the nightly Berlin and experiences wild nights in drug addiction. Mifti is wild, angry, sad, in love. What will it be like when she grows up?
With the novel "Axolotl Roadkill", 17-year-old Helene Hegemann has delivered a real sensational success in 2010. It may be left open whether she was celebrated by the feuilleton particularly because of her age or really because of the literary quality of her book. Despite allegations of plagiarism, she cannot be denied success. Now Hegemann has filmed her novel herself. According to her own words, something very special came out of it, which is why she slightly changed the title to "Axolotl Overkill".
The result is not a stringently told story, but rather a collection of ideas. Acting, the whole thing is absolutely convincing. Jasna Fritzi Bauer seems to be subscribed to roles like this. But as long as she plays so convincingly and strongly, it's no big deal that she is mainly engaged for such characters. Also the visual implementation has some really engaging aspects to offer. Otherwise, however, "Axolotl Overkill" is a film that will divide the spirits - as was already the case with the book. While many critics are celebrating the work at the moment, there will be many who will be able to make friends with the production, which at times seems to be very endearing, and the not exactly likeable figures.
For as pretty as some moments can be seen, they make little sense in a dramaturgical context. Of course you can interpret a lot into it, which might make sense. But strictly speaking, many scenes belong to the category "Is that art, or can that go away". And not infrequently the conclusion will be as follows: That can go away! "Axolotl Overkill" is a very bulky, exhausting and sometimes frustrating film, in which the director with her artistic ambitions always gets in the way of herself. This may work well for some viewers and especially for Helene Hegemann herself. But especially in view of the enormous hymns of praise that were sung on the book, this colorful scene collage is rather a disappointment. Therefore: Only for those viewers who really liked the book and who appreciate the challenging arthouse cinema, in which dramaturgical stringency plays a subordinate role, is it still worth seeing!
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