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|Regie:||Paul Florian Müller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 81 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After his marriage has fallen apart, Theo (Fabian Busch), author of successful sex & crime novels, is persuaded by his best friend Valentin (Wotan Wilke Möhring) to a one-night stand with the attractive waitress Mörli (Claudia Eisinger). But the heated rendezvous gets a little out of control and soon there is a corpse, an overly curious neighbour and a completely desperate Theo. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, because neither the one-night stand, nor the end of Theo's marriage or even his friendship with Valentin are what they seem to be…
With his feature film debut "Sex and Crime", director and screenwriter Paul Florian Müller has tried to blow a breath of fresh air through young German cinema. His bloody relationship comedy quickly seems refreshingly different. The fact that the levels of time and narrative are constantly changing here, revealing new twists and turns, the fun factor of this black comedy quickly rises to the top. Surely one could identify here some international role models on which the staging is quite obviously oriented. But for a German film, the whole thing is a pleasant change.
The actors give the impression with their play that they enjoyed working on this project very much. Especially Fabian Busch and Claudia Eisinger can leave a lasting impression here. And also Wotan Wilke Möhring convinces with a good portion of self-irony. It is simply fun to watch the small but fine ensemble at work. And the fact that their game is also integrated into a wonderfully weird story reinforces this impression.
More should not be said at this point, in order not to spoil the fun of the many surprises, which in the course of the ever more abstruse story, for potential viewers. One thing must be said, though: Unfortunately, the last act can no longer keep what the very good beginning promises. The last few minutes seem a bit too hard and too chaotic to fit harmoniously into the hitherto quite clever plot structure. It almost seems as if Müller had simply run out of good ideas towards the end. That is really a pity in view of the many funny ideas. On the other hand, the movie works well enough to console us about the somewhat disappointing finale.
And so it remains to be said at the end that it is always nice and refreshing when German directors dare to walk off the beaten track. Even if the result isn't perfect, it's entertaining, original and amusing enough to deserve a clear "worth seeing"!
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