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Forty years the molecular biologist Luise Jansen (Iris Berben) has done excellent work in her profession. The single woman is a real catastrophe only when dealing with her fellow human beings. And so it is hardly surprising that her colleagues are not exactly sad about Luise being deported into early retirement on her 60th birthday by her boss and ex-lover Bernhard (Götz Schubert). But that's not all: when she tries to make friends with her new life situation in the Stadtpark, she meets the gallery owner Frans (Edgar Selge), who urgently needs first aid after a nasty lumbago. Luise reluctantly drives the man, who has been shaken by youth madness, to the hospital, hoping never to see the unsympathetic guy again. But a little later, when she makes a decision that will change her life completely, fate brings the two squabblers back together again. And suddenly Luise's retirement is anything but quiet…
"Miss Sixty" has two very strong arguments on her credit side: on the one hand a really original idea, on the other hand a strong leading actress who, as a disgruntled early pensioner, is finally allowed to turn into top comedic form again against her will. Director Sigrid Hoerner, who presents her debut as a feature film director with this comedy, gives Iris Berben enough space to unfold the various facets of Luise - whereby her not always friendly nature towards her fellow human beings provides for probably the most amusing moments of the film. Edgar Selge is also very well cast as Frans, blinded by his youthful delusions, but his character is a little too overdrawn here and there to be able to convince completely.
Despite a good basic idea and a wonderful leading actress, "Miss Sixty" can only convince in parts. While some scenes are extremely wittily staged and well written, other moments seem a bit too shallow or pale to make for a good laugh or at least an amused smile. Most of the time, the staging just barely misses the goal and reveals that this comedy could have been not only nice, but also really good. However, you have to keep in mind that the movie also tries to address some very serious topics like loneliness, fear of getting older and late motherhood. These are served in such a way that the viewer worries about them without being drawn down by the mood in the more sad or thoughtful moments.
In the mass of films of the last few months that deal with the subject of old age and thus primarily want to address the audience over 50, "Miss Sixty" doesn't really go under. But in spite of a very strong Iris Berben, the comedy doesn't manage to stand out either. And that's a damn shame in view of the many successful aspects. Nevertheless: to all fans of Iris Berben and spectators who haven't given up on the belief that you're never too old to find the great love, "Miss Sixty" can confidently be recommended with small restrictions!
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