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The planned wedding on Sylt became the worst event of her life for Elizabeth Kiehl (Lavinia Wilson). When her mother and her siblings are involved in a terrible accident on their way to the wedding ceremony, in which the children are killed, the young woman's life is completely thrown apart. Years later she lives a seemingly happy life with a new husband (Jürgen Vogel) and her daughter Liza (Pauletta Pollmann) in a pretty detached house. But her everyday life is determined by fears and spleens, which she tries to control through constant therapy sessions with Mrs. Drescher (Juliane Köhler). Somewhere between raising children, worming and visiting a brothel with Georg, she tries to control her thoughts of revenge, feelings of guilt and phobias. But to achieve this, she would first have to face the traumatic loss…
"lap prayers" is the second cinema adaptation of a novel by Charlotte Roche after the great success of "Wetlands". In terms of craftsmanship, director Sönke Wortmann has delivered a very good film, which makes his meagre comedy "Das Hochzeitsvideo" quite forgotten. Also the actors are beyond any doubt, whereby Lavinia Wilson proves once again that she belongs to the best German actresses of her generation. Her playing is intense and stirring, multi-faceted and very emotional. Wilson manages the trick of making Elizabeth a really likeable character, despite her many quirks and her not exactly effortless behavior, whose fate really moves you as a viewer. But also Jürgen Vogel delivers a very good performance as her emotionally very balanced counterpart.
The unnappetitlichkeiten oriented towards provocation, with which "wetlands" threw themselves around almost every second, under which too much of the story was buried, keep themselves within tolerable limits here, even if they don't completely do without it ("Do you show me your butt hole?"). The dramaturgy is quite stirringly structured and shows a clear structure much more clearly than the original book. These are all points that suggest that "Schoßgebete" has become a really worth seeing movie and a well done novel adaptation. And yet the whole thing has a somewhat strange aftertaste.
I have long wondered why I often felt very uncomfortable during the film. In the end, I could make it out in an understandable hate speech from Elizabeth to the tabloid press, which immediately jumped at the terrible accident with tremendous sensational greed and took a very personal moment away from the bereaved. It's a very passionate moment, full of anger and grief. Actually one of the strongest scenes in the movie. What struck me on my stomach was the fact that the story of "lap prayers" has a lot of biographical references to the life of Charlotte Roche, and that here she deals with the tragic accidental death of her brother and two of her stepbrothers in 2001. That she shares this with the public may be an important therapy for her. But precisely because this is such a terrible and such a personal moment, the viewer here feels almost like one of the voyeurs that Elizabeth rightly attacks.
Naturally, it is something completely different whether the tabloid press exploits such a tragedy for the increase in circulation or whether a person affected goes public with his/her story. Nevertheless, a somewhat ambivalent feeling remains with such a commercial approach. This doesn't change the fact that "lap prayers" as a tragicomedy is quite convincing and can be described as a really good movie and a passionate plea for life for most of the time. As a spectator you can laugh, but you are also deeply moved. The fact that some scenes are a little bit stressful and a little bit striking can be forgiven. If you liked the book, you'll surely like the film version just because of the great main actress. And there is also a satisfied one for that: worth seeing with small restrictions!
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