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|FSK:||From 12 years|
East Berlin on October 9, 1989: The actor Otto Wolf (Jörg Schüttauf) has no good day. First he had a fight with his daughter Anne (Josefine Preuß) and then he has doubts whether he really should dare to play Honecker in the unauthorized piece "Vorwärts Immer". He looks very much like him in his mask. But when he learns that the order has been given to shoot down the demonstrations against the GDR regime planned for the evening in Leipzig, Otto must act. Because he knows that Anne will be in Leipzig. And so he and his acting colleagues forge a crazy and dangerous plan: While the real honecker is on a hunting trip, Otto is supposed to take over his role and stop the shooting order. And at the beginning it even seems to work, until Margot Honecker appears…
"Forward Always! On the one hand, of course, the film doesn't want to trivialize events that were very dramatic for everyone involved. On the other hand, the whole thing as an overdrawn satire should be one thing above all: fun! Director Franzsika Meletzky has found a very good balance. First and foremost, she uses finely drawn humour, which, even when it degenerates into slapstick, never really becomes flat. Apart from the really weak closing gag at the last second and some not so well done exceptions, the humorous moments of the movie work through the good dialogue wit, wonderfully absurd situation comedy and the wonderful acting of the actors.
Apart from Jörg Schüttauf, who is both a real and a false honecker, Devid Striesow as Otto's actor arch-enemy and Alexander Schubert as a false Egon Krenz with stubborn teeth are simply wonderful. Often it's only the small glances or the actors' facial expressions that make for really hearty laughs. This could easily have been completely silly and flattened, but Meletzky always manages to get the curve at the right moment. The filmmaker also proves a good hand with the pacing: she doesn't rush through the story and gives her characters room to unfold, at the same time the dialogues and some wonderful little jokes are served very quickly, which increases the entertainment value considerably.
"Vorwärts Immer!" is, with a few small compromises, a very successful satire about the last days of the GDR and a very well written mix-up comedy, which is fun without having to use flat gags below the belt. Great played and refreshingly light-footedly staged there is a very clear one from me: Absolutely worth seeing!
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