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|Originaltitel:||You`re ugly too|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 81 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
After the death of his sister, imprisoned Will (Aiden Gillen) is released prematurely from prison to take care of his eleven-year-old niece Stacey (Lauren Kinsella). If he proves to be a suitable guardian, he shall be released from the remainder of his sentence. For Will, it's the perfect way to put his dark past behind him. But unfortunately Stacey is not happy to live with her uncle - and then in a trailer park. When it turns out that the girl suffers from narcolepsy and is therefore not accepted at school, the tensions between the two increase. Only slowly does Will succeed in approaching his niece. But it is clear that they can only become a family if they both face up to their past…
With his directorial debut "Familienbande" filmmaker Mark Noonan creates the little feat of immersing a conventional story in a very special atmosphere and packaging the not exactly cheerful subject easily and full of subtle humour. The film, shot in the Irish Midlands, gets a rough but at the same time extremely engaging charm from the landscape there. Although the caravan settlement in particular does not exactly make one want to live or go on holiday there, the pictures never seem dreary or depressing. Rather, they radiate an unadulterated beauty in which the hopeful undertone of the story can unfold very beautifully.
The film will undoubtedly be carried by its two main actors. Aiden Gillen, known to an audience of millions as Petyr Baelish alias "Kleinfinger", shows here a completely different side of his acting skills. He embodies Will as a closed man, driven by the hope of being able to get rid of a heavy burden from his past by being a good surrogate father to his niece - a task which, however, overtaxes him. For as much as he wishes for a new beginning, so little he wants to confront himself and Stacey with the guilt he has brought upon himself. The result is a very nuanced character that Gillen brings to life in a believable and sympathetic way.
On his side, thirteen-year-old Lauren Kinsella acts with astonishing sovereignty. It's a small wonder that she manages not to make Stacey look precocious or overly cheeky. Instead, she comes across as a quick-witted, but also very insecure, sad girl who actually only longs for a happy family. How she slowly opens up to her uncle and initiates events that are supposed to bring him and her caravan neighbour Emilie (Erika Sainte) together, the little girl plays really big.
"Family bonds" is a small film that is not cramped up on big feelings or loud laughter and does not head too doggedly for a happy end. It is precisely for this reason that it is a very enchanting work, which appears authentic and, despite a certain sadness, makes you happy. A very nice film that not only Arthaus lovers should not miss. Worth seeing
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