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After the surprise success of "Eine ganz heiße Nummer", director Markus Goller has left his Bavarian homeland for the time being in order to once again work with Matthias Schweighöfer, the leading actor of his first hit "Friendship!", in Berlin and France. Based on the novel of the same name by Florian Beckerhoff, in "Frau Ella" Goller tells the story of Sascha (Schweighöfer), who after a quarrel with his girlfriend Lina (Anna Bederke), who builds an accident with his taxi and ends up in hospital. It is bad enough that Lina has told him that he will become a father, although Sascha is far from ready for such a responsibility. Now he also has to share the sickroom with the snoring senior Ella (Ruth Maria Kubitschek).
First of all Sascha is completely annoyed by the situation. But soon he makes friends with the lovable and somewhat talkative Mrs. Ella and when he finds out that she has been persuaded by the doctor to a very dangerous eye surgery for her, the former medical student makes a drastic decision: he kidnaps Mrs. Ella from the clinic and hides her in the apartment, which he shares with his best friend Klaus (August Diehl). In the presence of the two young men, the 87-year-old woman is blossoming. When she tells her friends about her only true love, which she lost sight of after the Second World War, Sascha and Klaus decide to undertake a journey into her past with Mrs. Ella - a journey that will decisively change her future…
"Mrs. Ella" still bears the clear features of a typical German comedy from the house of Schweighöfer or Schweiger at the beginning. The somewhat too intrusively mixed, very interchangeable film music, warm, slightly overstylised colours and rather directly staged humour suggest that "Frau Ella" strikes a very similar notch, such as "Schlussmacher" or "Kokowääh". But apart from the obvious stylistic similarities, the story quickly goes its own way. Admittedly, these are not really new and free of all too well known clichés either. Nevertheless, "Frau Ella" works very well in the end, which is especially thanks to the actors and their harmonizing play.
The film lives on the unequal pair Schweighöfer/Kubitschek, on the meeting of young hotheads and old wisdom as well as on the different charm and wit of two generations. It is a very effective symbiosis in which each actor can benefit from the strengths of the other. Although at first glance Matthias Schweighöfer delivers only a slightly modified version of the characters of his last comedies, his performance in interaction with Ruth Maria Kubitschek seems somehow very refreshing and absolutely fitting and not, as might be feared at the beginning, a bit worn out in the meantime. But Ruth Maria Kubitschek, too, performs at her best in the interplay with her younger co-stars and can fully convince in the more humorous as well as in the rather quiet, dramatic scenes.
August Diehl also deserves great praise for his charming and often really adorable performance as a somewhat eccentric buddy of Sascha and a notorious permanent single. The persuasive trio plays itself sovereign through a solid script, which could have taken a bit more bite and surprises here and there, but which overall is enough to offer the audience nice, entertaining entertainment across generations. Markus Goller has staged a well-done mixture of straightforward humor and quieter tones, which isn't very profound, but very likeable. Those who like cinema comedies that don't rely on the big laughs but rather on reserved humour and make use of some sentimentalities here and there should definitely go on the entertaining road trip to France with "Frau Ella" and her companions. Worth seeing
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