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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 92 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Kristin (Jenny Schily) and Felix (Urs Jucker) have been sedating their mentally handicapped daughter Dora (Victoria Schulz) with medication for a long time. Now the treatment has been discontinued and the 18-year-old girl not only finds her way back into life, but also discovers her own sexuality. It doesn't take long until she feels attracted to the charismatic Peter (Lars Eidinger) in every respect and gets involved in spontaneous sex with him. When his parents found out, they were shocked. They are not sure whether Dora is ready to take over this responsibility over her own body. Peter's arrogant appearance is not exactly helpful in relieving the two of their worries. But although they try to prevent it, Dora continues to meet with her lover. And then happens what Kristin was afraid of: her daughter gets pregnant...
With "Dora oder die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" (Dora or the sexual neuroses of our parents), the film adaptation of the successful play by Lukas Bärfuss, filmmaker Stina Werenfels dares to tackle a very difficult subject. Her film poses uncomfortable questions and forces the viewer to deal with them, even if you actually want to look the other way in some moments. Some moments, like the first sex between Dora and Peter, are as ambivalent as the characters themselves. This is especially true for Peter, who at first seems to be a callous pig who only takes advantage of Dora. However, the longer you are forced to deal with this character as a viewer, the more you can recognize traits in him that suggest that he is serious and that he has real feelings for the young woman.
The fact that not everything is clearly served on the tray and the viewer is encouraged to reflect makes the film extremely interesting. This positive impression is supported by the excellent play of Victoria Schulz and a no less great Lars Eidinger. Also, the fact that Stina Werenfels always uses pleasantly biting humor and thus consciously renounces a politically correct staging, has to be credited to the film in any case.
However, it is precisely the inappropriateness that makes the work too difficult and sometimes a bit bulky. It's hard to find access to the characters as a viewer and it's often hard to comprehend their actions. At the beginning the movie still works quite well, which can't really be said about the ending. In the effort to bring the message of sexual freedom, self-determination and the mother-daughter conflict to a harmonious conclusion, the staging loses itself in unnecessarily confusing sequences that lastingly disturb the positive overall impression.
"Dora or the sexual neurosis of our parents" is an uncomfortable, unusual and unconventional film which, despite many positive aspects, offers its viewers too little reference surface. And since you only have to ask yourself what the whole thing is all about or whether these scenes are really necessary for the story, it's hard to draw a completely positive conclusion. But it's quite clear: whoever appreciates challenging arthouse films from Germany should take a look here just because of the good actors. And for this audience it's also true: Worth seeing with some small concessions!
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