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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 91 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
For Uwe Hinrichs (Dieter Hallervorden), who calls himself the last real East Frisian, things are really not going well at the moment. The franchise company, for which he runs a small petrol station in his home town of Niederhörn, gives him hell every day because of his idiosyncratic attitude to work. And from the house where he lived for many years with his deceased wife, the indebted model shipbuilder is supposed to move out. The only chance is a group of foreign specialists to whom Uwe, who only speaks Platt on principle, is supposed to give integration lessons. Reluctantly, the old stubborn guy gets involved in the deal to teach the "Utländer". But it doesn't take long for this to end in total chaos…
"East Frisian for Beginners" is one of those films you really want to like. After all, history has the heart in the right place. The intentions are good and here and there moments flash up that show how funny and moving the movie could have been at the same time. But unfortunately the script and the staging are too weak to realize the respectable ambitions adequately. On the contrary: The comedy is a single collection of clichés that are not even very well implemented. This starts with the fact that Dieter Hallervorden is too clearly noticed that he doesn't really speak Low German. The platt seems too artificial and learned by heart to really convince.
That wouldn't be too bad if director Gregory Kirchhoff had managed to playfully deal with the stereotypes he uses. But not only that you get the feeling as if he had never really been to East Frisia - which would explain some almost annoying things. It also seems as if he made use of the dregs of the oldest cliché box when characterizing the "Utländer" as well as the naturally right-wing village youth. Of course, there are some scenes in which you can also smile, or moments in which it becomes clear that the story also has a very nice, touching side. But first and foremost the implementation is as flat as the land and the gags as flat as the dialect. And that's really, really too bad.
Dieter Hallervorden has proven in recent years that he can master rolls with depth brilliantly. And so he also strives here to make the old stubborn Uwe Hinrichs an interesting, multi-layered character. But he doesn't really want to succeed in that, as the script is just too strongly oriented towards the already mentioned stereotypes and clichés. And so it once again becomes clear that good will alone doesn't make a good movie. And that's why, with the best will in the world, there's only one: Conditionally worth seeing!
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