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|Regie:||Piotr J. Lewandowski|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Jonathan (Jannis Niewöhner) is 23 years old and runs his parents' farm together with his aunt Martha (Barbara Auer). His mother has been dead for a long time and his father Burghardt (André M. Hennicke) has recently contracted cancer. He too will die soon. But so many things are still unspoken, especially in relation to Jonathan's mother. That's why Martha hardly talks to Burghardt anymore. A situation that's getting harder and harder for Jonathan. When his aunt hires the young, fun-loving Anka (Julia Koschitz) to help him take care of his father, Jonathan blossoms. And for a moment, he can forget all his worries. This changes abruptly when an old youth friend of Burghardt appears and with him a family secret is revealed which threatens to drive a deep wedge between father and son…
"Jonathan" is a heavy drama about family secrets, forgiveness and also about the pressure of social constraints especially in the countryside. This is well to very well played and especially between the convincing Jannis Niewöhner and Julia Koschitz the chemistry is just right. The visual implementation is atmospheric and the story has some really interesting aspects. And even if the drama was celebrated at festivals, a visit to the cinema is not really necessary. Because this co-production of WDR, hr, SWR and arte is a television film through and through. Certainly a good one, but not one that you absolutely must have seen on the big screen.
Anyway, even if German film productions hardly make a difference between cinema and television, there are still moviegoers who don't mind if a film looks more like television than cinema. The main thing is that the story is true. This is quite the case with "Jonathan", even if the clumsiness nevertheless comes along a little too endeavored from time to time. It's hard to develop real sympathy for the characters, even though one can understand their always grim faces because of their story. Nevertheless, a little lightness would have done the movie and its entertainment value some good.
Who appreciates cumbersome German dramas, who generally places sadness above lightness and for whom good actors or a topic worth discussing are more important than the entertainment value of a film should not miss "Jonathan". But if you go to the cinema to simply switch off and don't want to be confronted with heavy material here, you should rather choose another film. So the bottom line is: with some restrictions definitely worth seeing!
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