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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 121 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
After all his attempts to immigrate illegally to the USA have failed, the young Mexican Ramón (Kristyan Ferrer) decides to try his luck in Germany. With the help of a friend's aunt, who allegedly found the wealth she had hoped for in Wiesbaden, Ramón also wants to earn urgently needed money for his family. But as soon as he arrives in Germany, his illusions are suddenly destroyed. Because said aunt doesn't seem to live in Wiesbaden anymore. Without money and language skills Ramón has to fight his way through the cold German winter on the streets. But just as he is about to give up, he meets the pensioner Ruth (Ingeborg Schöner), who, against all language barriers and prejudices, gives him first a few euros and then a roof over his head. It is the beginning of an unusual friendship that not only changes the life of Ramón, but also that of Ruth and the other tenants in her house…
Director Jorge Ramírez-Suárez, who lives in Germany, deals with a very topical topic in his fifth feature film "Guten Tag, Ramón" (Good day, Ramón), which he approaches in a pleasingly reserved way. His story about immigration, the overcoming of prejudices and the clash of completely different cultures largely dispenses with the moral index finger and also avoids for long stretches the not uncommon mode of shock for such films. Instead, Ramírez-Suárez rather tries to present a light feel-good cinema with a positive message. This isn't free of clichés and very stenciled characters. But the charm of the two main actors Kristyan Ferrer and Ingeborg Schöner helps to make these clichés absolutely bearable.
The biggest problem of the film is the last act. If the story is still relatively authentic through scenes such as Ramón's arrival at Frankfurt Airport or his first encounters with the culture in Wiesbaden, which is foreign to him, the whole thing drifts very clearly into fairytale at the end. In principle, that's not too bad, because there's nothing wrong with a beautiful city fairy tale. However, in contrast to the rather reserved first half of the film, the finale seems too thickly applied, which leads to a somewhat unbalanced overall picture.
That doesn't change the fact that "Guten Tag, Ramón" has become a beautiful film - at least if you look at it as a modern fairy tale and don't question everything logically. Of course, the reality looks different, of course some things are idealized here, while others are presented in a generalized way. As an important or even factual contribution to the current debate on immigration, this story functions only to a very limited extent. But if you simply want to see a nice story about humanity, joie de vivre and belief in the good, you should definitely join the young Mexican on his trip to Hesse. Worth seeing
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