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It could all be so easy. After all, the life of Vivian Baumann (Britta Hammelstein) actually runs in straight, balanced tracks. She's about to become a prosecutor and move in with her boyfriend. But suddenly she has the feeling of being completely exhausted. She just can't take any more and just wants to be left alone. But luckily there is still Papa (Detlev Buck), who takes Vivian to a North Sea island without further ado and has a lot of good advice in his luggage. But her father's well-intentioned action is too much for the young woman and it looks as if the island holiday will intensify her problems instead of solving them. But then Vivi gets to know the island and its strange inhabitants better, makes friends and even starts to work in the small shop of the quirky Otto (Ferdinand von Schirach). And the longer it remains on the "North Sea island with a South Sea climate", the more the constraints of its previous life fall away from it. But can this also be permanent?
With "Ferien" Bernadette Knoller presents the final film of her directing studies at the Film University Babelsberg. The feature film debut of Detlev Buck's daughter's daughter bears her very own signature, but also lets the dry and at times somewhat weird humor of her father shine through a bit. The film has a clear theme, but no very clear narrative structure. Vivian's time on the island is rather a series of weird episodes and wonderful snapshots. It is also worth observing what is happening in the background and picking up small pieces of conversation. Here, the movie has some wonderful ideas to offer, that are just pleasantly unadapted and enormously weird ("I dropped a dead dove on my plate").
But there are also moments when the whole thing is a bit exhausting. Vivis howl orgies or dance interludes that are a bit too long sometimes pull at the nerves of the audience. But Bernadette Knoller must be credited - especially in view of the fact that "Ferien" is her debut - for not chumming up to any trend and trying to create something entirely her own. The fact that the first attempt didn't produce a perfect work, but a very entertaining and original one, makes some of the weaknesses quite bearable.
The actors, above all Britta Hammelstein, the very atmospheric camera work and a relaxed, idiosyncratic handling of some very essential topics make "holidays" a successful tragicomedy, which offer the viewers 88 minutes of entertaining holidays from everyday life. But there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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