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Thomas (Devid Striesow) is looking forward to his family holiday in the Swiss Alps. But the mood is rather depressed. His wife Martina (Maren Eggert) actually has no time for holidays and his daughter Jenny (Lotte Becker) has no desire. And then the conflict-shy Thomas was persuaded to take Sarah (Annina Walt), the 15-year-old daughter of his boss, with him. Thomas is so concerned with harmony that he drives his wife mad and completely overlooks that his daughter isn't really happy either. Nevertheless, he won't be put off: this holiday will be perfect! But then at a party there is a problem between Sarah and the son of the landlord of the holiday home. And now Thomas can't look the other way, he has to do something. But in an effort to avoid major conflicts, he is increasingly entangled in a web of lies and half-truths that manoeuvre him ever closer to the abyss…
"Nothing Happens" is the new film by Micha Lewinsky, who had a surprise success in 2009 with the comedy "Die Standesbeamtin". In terms of sound, these two films could not be more different. Although "Die Standesbeamtin" wasn't a superficial little movie, the unusual romance can be described as light entertainment. This is absolutely not the case with "Nothing happened". In an oppressive way, Lewinsky traces how a peace-loving person only falls into an abyss of lies and eventually violence out of fear of conflict. You can feel as a spectator how the noose around Thomas tightens more and more and how his inability to speak out the unpleasant truths inexorably leads him away from his well-intentioned path.
The inevitable escalation of the events may seem a little exaggerated in the end. But on closer examination, the last act of the movie is an extreme, yet quite logical consequence of Thomas' behavior. Through his lies and silence, he has built a very shaky dam, which at some point simply had to break, leaving a trail of destruction behind. How Lewinsky releases his characters from this escalation is excellently solved and makes sure that the movie continues to have an effect long after its end. This is almost impressive, especially because of its initially very calm and carried narrative style.
"Nothing Happens" isn't necessarily a big movie that has to be seen in the cinema. Despite some beautiful and atmospheric shots of the Swiss Alps, the drama seems more like a chamber play with an enormous psychological density. But it is the excellent game by Devid Striesow and the really interesting, exciting story that make sure that lovers of German-language arthouse films will never regret buying a cinema ticket. Therefore there is at the end also a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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