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After his girlfriend Marlene (Claudia Eisinger) left him, Leo Leike (Alexander Fehling) feels sad and self-pity. When an e-mail from Emma Rothner (Nora Tschirner), who actually only wanted to cancel a subscription, accidentally reaches him, Leo begins a refreshingly quick-witted e-mail dialogue with the unknown, which makes him forget his grief. The conversation with the stranger becomes more and more frequent and intimate until Leo learns that Emma is married. Although she is very happy with Bernhard (Ulrich Thomsen) and her two stepchildren, she doesn't want to miss Leo's e-mails anymore. Could it be that the two have fallen in love even though they have never seen each other before? Would such a love have any future at all? And will Emma put her marriage at risk for an e-mail romance?
"Gut gegen Nordwind" is the film adaptation of the celebrated novel and Daniel Glattauer's theatrical success based on it. It is no easy undertaking to convey the modern form of a letter novel onto the canvas in a captivating way. Director Vanessa Jopp, together with her actors Alexander Fehling and Nora Tschirner, has found a way that works very well. It's fun to follow them through their daily lives as they get closer and closer in their e-mails. And you understand why what happens between them is something really special. Accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack and immersed in beautiful pictures of a fictitious German metropolis, a wonderful cinema romance is created here, in which you can really languish.
However, there are also aspects that don't work quite so well. In the course of the two hours of running time, smaller lengths are created again and again, combined with the feeling that the story occasionally goes round in circles unnecessarily. A few small cuts and a bit more tempo would have done the romance good in such places. And then there's the ending, which has been changed only slightly compared to the novel, but still very drastically, in order to give the audience a clear ending, which reduces the effect of the story a little.
"Gut gegen Nordwind" may work better as a book and as a play. But only the great actor-duo, who despite their weaknesses and mistakes (or maybe just because of that) is wished all (common) happiness in the world, but also the nice soundtrack and the atmospheric visual language make this movie an entertaining tear of shame (in the most positive sense of the word), for which there is only one deserved conclusion: Absolutely worth seeing!
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