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Hamburg in 1946: British Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Morgan (Jason Clarke) is transferred to Germany to help rebuild the bombed city. He and his wife Rachael (Keira Knightley) are accommodated in the manor of the German widower Stephan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgaring;rd). Lewis allows the man and his daughter to stay in the attic of his expropriated house. He sees no point in sending even more people homeless onto the streets in the cold winter. Rachael is not very enthusiastic about it, as she sees in the Germans, despite the end of the war, the enemy who has caused so much suffering - also personally for her and her husband. But when she gets to know Stephan a little better, her hostility and sadness turn into undreamt-of passion…
"Niemandsland - The Aftermath" is the second feature film by director James Kent, who has so far mainly directed various TV series episodes and television films. After his first feature film in the First World War, it is now about a dramatic love story shortly after the Second World War. Based on the novel "Niemandsland" by Rhidian Brook, the film tells a story with a lot of emotional potential. But somehow Kent never really manages to let this unfold to its full potential. Admittedly, there is a crackle between Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård, but despite some really moving moments the characters remain too one-dimensional for the viewer to really sympathize with them.
The problem with the film is that it is too predictable. There is a certain height of fall for the figures, but it never feels as if there is ever a real danger for them. Although the story offers this, Kent's staging avoids all corners and edges. So the film is too well-behaved and too conventional to actually hit its audience right in the heart. Of course, this takes much of the drama's power. However, this doesn't make the movie really bad. He still has a few very strong moments and good actors to offer, who can tear out a lot at the end.
But it's a pity that "Niemandsland - The Aftermath" can never blossom to its full size, but always runs on a low flame. Atmospherically well implemented, convincingly played, but dramaturgically too conventional, this romantic post-war drama is still worth seeing!
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