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|Originaltitel:||Schneider vs Bax|
|Regie:||Alex van Warmerdam|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 92 Min|
|FSK:||16 years and older|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German (Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS), Dutch (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Extras:||Trailer, program tips|
Film: Schneider (Tom Dewispelaere) is a loving husband, a loyal father - and an ice-cold contract killer. He completes his orders with absolute precision. Today is Schneider's birthday. His wife and daughters have prepared a glittering party. Nevertheless, he has to go again and do a new, seemingly easy job: Schneider has to kill the writer Bax (Alex van Warmerdam). He is supposed to live alone in a secluded little house. For Schneider the perfect location for a quick order completion. But unfortunately Bax has just had a visit from his neurotic daughter, his grandfather and his much too young girlfriend. Now it's getting a little more complicated for tailors than I thought. When he also has to take a hostage, the situation is in danger of finally getting out of control. But even now he doesn't suspect that this job isn't actually about taking Bax out, but that someone completely different is in the crosshairs of his client…
With "Schneider vs Bax" Alex van Warmerdam delivers the highly anticipated sequel to his cult film "Borgman". Again, he succeeds in transferring very quirky characters into bizarre situations, in which they are confronted with unexpected turns and abstruse situations. Although the figures are completely overdrawn, they still seem somehow real and not like caricatures. The mixture of black humor, laconic humor and delicious slapstick also makes the movie's entertainment value so extremely high.
Admittedly, the story doesn't quite have the genius of "Borgman". However, when suddenly the omens are completely reversed and the professional killer becomes the target person, then an original game with the expectations of the audience takes hold again and again, which doesn't only cause surprises because of the story itself, but also because of the absolutely unpredictable characters. Even if you think you know what happens next, the story makes the next unexpected change of direction. Here, too, van Warmerdam makes use of a number of very dark themes, which he cannot take away his meaning, but their dramaturgical heaviness.
"Schneider vs. Bax" is not only funny, but also provocative in places. The film is surprising, evil and lets the viewer look into the deep abysses of the human soul in a black humorous way. Whoever liked "Borgman" or generally has a penchant for weird, unadapted comedies of the cryptic kind should not miss this extremely successful work. Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: Technically, the implementation of the film is at a good level. The clean image is generally pleasantly sharp, only in darker moments some details appear slightly blurred here and there. The colours are powerfully mixed and provide a very good overall impression, especially with the many outdoor shots. The sound is relatively unspectacular, which isn't surprising for a satire with relatively few words. But dialogues and music come well coordinated from the speakers, which is why there is also a "good" here.
Extras: Unfortunately there are no extras for the movie except for the trailer. What a shame!
Fazit: "Schneider vs. Bax" is bizarre, evil, weird and surprising. Even though the quality of van Warmerdam's predecessor "Borgman" isn't quite reached, this killer comedy still offers enough wit and wonderful weird moments to underline the cult status of the director once more. The DVD pleases with a good audiovisual realization of the film. Only the missing bonus material clouds the actually very positive overall impression a little bit. Nevertheless, the main movie is still sufficient to certify the DVD as "absolutely recommendable".
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