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|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Thriller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 118 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Germany in 1966: Day after day Gisela Werler (Nadeshda Brennicke) works her ass off at her job in a wallpaper factory to give herself and her parents at least a modest life. There is not much joy or excitement in the everyday life of the young woman. This changes drastically when she meets the charming Hermann Wittorff (Charly Hübner) and discovers by chance that he attacks banks together with her boyfriend and colleague Uwe (Andreas Schmidt). Since Uwe's nerves don't really want to get involved, Hermann needs a new partner. Fascinated by the dark side of this man, Gisela offers to help out. After initial doubts, Hermann takes her by his side as his partner - with unexpected consequences. Because not only does Gisela quickly enjoy her new life. Also in the media she becomes a real celebrity as a "bank lady". But all this must not go to her head, because the investigators Fischer (Ken Duken) and Kaminski (Heinz Hoenig) are already close behind her and Hermann…
Based on true events, director Christian Alvart once again proves his talent for thrilling crime food with "Banklady". But while Alvart showed with his two Til Schweiger "Tatort"-quota hits first and foremost with first class action why he made it to Hollywood, the dramaturgical finesse of "Banklady" is much more in the foreground. There are also some technically very well realized moments, that can be called "action-heavy". However, the very entertaining movie isn't only supported by such scenes, but first and foremost by the story, which doesn't only work well because of the real backgrounds.
Due to the fact that the whole setting is very authentic due to the camera work and the coherent 60's outfit despite occasional overdrawing, it's especially the good actors who give the whole thing a particularly worth seeing character. The leading actress, Nadeshda Brennicke, is a very believable embodiment of the young woman, who is literally crushed by the narrowness of her dull life and blossoms in the intoxication of adrenaline and wealth that the raids bring her. Here she gets the opportunity to completely reinvent herself and lead a life she has only dreamed of so far. How she changed that, Brennicke plays really well. But Charly Hübner can also convince as a bank robber with hypothermic charm. That the chemistry between the two actors is so good is what makes her so successful as a German Bonnie and Clyde.
With the selection of his cast, Alvart has also proven a very good hand in smaller roles. The good script, which is located somewhere between fact and fiction, clearly places the character of Gisela Werler in the foreground, but doesn't only give Nadeshda Brennicke the chance to shine in acting again and again. The other actors can also unfold their skills in some very strongly written scenes. Especially when the Banklady with Commissioner Fischer plays a cat-and-mouse game, Ken Duken is also in top form.
Although the actors, script, camera, music and of course the direction leave a very positive overall impression over long stretches, "Banklady" is not a perfect film. Thus, there are always small lengths, which slow down the otherwise very good pacing, as well as some scenes, which in contrast are a bit rushed and therefore also seem a bit superficial. But the successful moments, such as Gisela's first bank robbery, are clearly outnumbered. Christian Alvart has created a very entertaining mixture of thriller, drama and romance, which may not be a subtle head cinema for the arts section community, but which simply offers good entertainment on several levels. And for that there is then, only with minimal cutbacks, an absolutely deserved one: Worth seeing!
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