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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 92 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When Hedi (Laura Tonke) gets stuck in the elevator one morning on her way to the office, she takes the situation with humor. Because this is Hedi: even in moments when others would panic, she remains calm. But then one evening she of all people is haunted by an anxiety attack that completely throws her family life, which has been so perfect so far, off course. Instead of seeing only the positive sides of life and looking forward to the future as before, Hedi's everyday life is now dominated by existential fears, which literally paralyse her. There is just as little to think about work as there is about moving to Africa with her husband Uli (Hans Löw) and their son Finn (Leander Nitsche). Because Uli's job there is quickly lost and also otherwise he is as helpless in the face of the situation as his wife. It doesn't take long for the anxiety disorder to become a real stress test for her marriage and her actually so unshakeable love. Hedi doesn't want to lose this happiness - but what can she do if she is stuck in her fears?
With "Hedi Schneider steckt fest" Sonja Heiss won the Hessian Film Award 2014 for the best film and won against strong competition like the outstanding drama "Im Labyrinth des Schweigens". The reason for this was the good play of leading actress Laura Tonke in combination with the fact that Heiss tackled a difficult topic with refreshing ease. The fact that the movie is mostly called a comedy isn't really understandable. Sure, especially in the first few minutes there are some very funny scenes and also in the further course of the story the events are loosened up every now and then by loveably unconventional humor. But on the whole, the film is a drama in which the subject of anxiety disorder is also treated with the corresponding dramaturgical severity.
The fact that the story is told not only from the point of view of the affected hedi is to be highly credited for the staging. It also tries to show what her illness means for Uli, what he is willing to give up and what forces he has to mobilize to help his wife in this difficult time. How much he suffers from the powerlessness of helplessness is as important a part of the story as Hedi's despair at being stuck in an indefinable fear. In any case, this is a well played and especially in the first half very well staged auteur cinema. But towards the end the whole thing gets a bit more unwieldy and also makes use of some unnecessary clichés (especially as far as Uli is concerned), which is a shame in view of the many good aspects.
"Hedi Schneider is stuck" has some very nice moments, but the mixture of comedy and drama, of lightness and heaviness of content doesn't always really want to work out. The whole thing is intense, but entertaining only to a limited extent. Anyone who appreciates strongly played arthouse cinema from Germany and generally places an interesting content above a relaxed entertainment value should not miss this film. But if you expect a light comedy because of the trailers or a real masterpiece because of the awards, you might leave the cinema disappointed in the end. There's one for that: Worth seeing with some cutbacks!
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