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|Originaltitel:||Southside with you|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 83 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Even the most famous couple in the world met sometime for a first date. That is, if Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) had her date in 1989, then the meeting with her colleague Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) on a sunny Sunday in Chicago was not a date. Because romance among colleagues actually categorically excludes them. But in the course of the day, Michelle and Barack slowly get closer during long conversations, a visit to an exhibition and a film by Spike Lee. When she hears him speak at a community meeting, he impresses her not only with his charm, but also with his eloquence and charisma. But of course Michelle has no idea where her common path will lead her on this day…
Shortly before the end of his presidency and in the midst of the US election campaign, one might actually think that a film about Barack Obama would be a very political, perhaps even manipulative work. Of course, Richard Tanne's "My First Lady" has not become a critical reckoning with the politician or with the man Barack Obama. But romance isn't really political either. Rather, this real "Before Sunrise" variant shows the beginning of an actually quite normal love story, the only peculiarity of which is that it will lead to the White House years later. But the two young people the viewer meets here are still a long way from that. They must both fight for recognition and for their ideals - Michelle as a young black woman even more than the eloquent, charismatic Barack.
The film lives from its dialogues, which are sometimes more profound than one might have expected. It is about everyday things, but also about their political views, dreams and fears. The whole thing seems very real and not at all superimposed, which is also thanks to the two excellently selected main actors Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter. What unfortunately gets completely lost in the German version is the more than convincing way in which both portray the younger versions of their real role models not only outwardly but also vocally almost perfectly.
"My First Lady" is a beautiful film. Completely unspectacular, without a political agenda that intrusively beats the viewer, carried only by Chicago's atmospheric images, stirring everyday dialogues and two very strong actors. Once again it shows that life really does write the most beautiful stories. You don't have to like Barack Obama or his politics to enjoy this small, likeable film. And for that there is a clear one: Worth seeing!
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