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|Originaltitel:||Britt-Marie var här|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 min.|
|FSK:||6 years and older|
The life of Britt-Marie (Pernilla August) follows very clear rules - until her husband is hospitalized with a heart attack. It's too bad his younger mistress is sitting at his sickbed. Suddenly, what Britt-Marie had lived with for 40 years lies in ruins in front of her. At over 60, she has to start all over again. But finding a job is proving extremely difficult. There is only the management of a youth centre including the training of a youth football team in the small village of Borg. Although Britt-Marie has no idea about football and is not a professional in dealing with children, she accepts the challenge, which not only turns her life upside down…
"Britt-Marie was here", the second directorial work by actress Tuva Novotny, is based on a novel by Fredrik Backman, who already inspired with "A man named Ove". And like his movie "Britt-Marie war hier" was a huge success in Sweden. However, despite a similarly quirky main character and some wonderfully weird moments, this story can never reach the class of "Ove". The staging is simply too conventional and the story is told too predictably. Many developments are served early on like with a wooden hammer, so that even the last viewer can really guess what will happen in a few minutes.
That is not to say that the film is not entertaining. He just never gets past the status of being nice. Only Pernilla August can leave a special impression. Her game, which can be described as minimalistic at the beginning, gives the character of Britt-Marie a very special character, which - despite some very special peculiarities - you simply have to like. When she meets the disarming honesty of children or the unfamiliar friendliness of certain people in Borg with her way, it quickly makes the viewer smile.
"Britt-Marie war hier" might have been a big comedy with a few unexpected moments. So the whole thing is a small, harmless film, which doesn't hurt anyone, but which is quickly forgotten again. But for an entertaining cinema afternoon it's enough - and for that there's also a satisfied one: Worth seeing!
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