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Years ago Mirko Talhammer (Lucas Gregorowicz) broke away from his family's run-down scrap yard to start his big career in the big city. But now he has to go back to the unloved province, because his father died. The scrap yard now goes in equal parts to him and his brother Letscho (Frederick Lau). While he wants to keep the space at all costs in order to maintain the family tradition, Mirko wants to turn his share into money as soon as possible. He would even sell the place to Kercher (Jan-Gregor Kremp), his father's hated competitor. But soon Mirko realises that Kercher is playing a lazy game and he realises that even he, who had actually detached himself from his family, is still a real thalhammer in his heart. And so the two brothers have to bury their hatchets in order to realize their father's last great plan and to give Kercher a good kick in the ass…
With "Schrotten!" Max Zähle now makes his feature film debut as a director after his Oscar-nominated short "RAJU". And for the mixture of comedy, family drama and Heist movie, he has chosen a truly unusual microcosm: that of the scrap dealer. This creates a refreshingly unspoilt atmosphere, composed of many familiar elements, but with an unusual and original look. Certainly, the production already makes use of some very worn clichés. Nevertheless, the whole environment in which these well-known elements of action are integrated acts like a fresh cell cure that enables the spectators to discover something new even on well-trodden paths.
When the two brothers put aside their differences to put their father's final plan into action, the movie's entertainment value increases significantly. Then the whole thing becomes a weird scrap version of classic Heist movies like "Ocean`s Eleven" and has some really nice ideas to offer. The relaxed play of the well-chosen ensemble also ensures that the film is really fun over long distances despite its smaller lengths. Sounds all well and good, but now comes a big BUT!
Da letztendlich "Schrotten!" never looks like a movie, but rather like a very good TV movie. That doesn't argue against the quality of the film. It's undoubtedly good. But German productions in particular often lack the differentiation between cinema and television and this is again the case with this co-production of Arte, HR and NDR. Even though the entertainment value is decent, the movie lacks that certain something, especially from a visual point of view, that offers the viewer a real added value on the big screen. And this is simply necessary to justify the money invested in tickets, drinks and popcorn.
Who likes little German comedies of a more quirky and unusual kind, is definitely right here. And Max Zähle deserves credit for trying to tell a slightly different story. But those who expect more than an entertaining and quite original TV production could end up leaving the cinema a little disappointed. And therefore despite many positive aspects there is only one auhc: Worth seeing with small restrictions!
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