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Days at the Beach

Days at the Beach

Australien/Frankreich 2013 - mit Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe ...

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Originaltitel:Two Mothers
Genre:Drama, Romance
Regie:Anne Fontaine
Produktionsland:Australien/Frankreich 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 112 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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Since childhood, Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) have been inseparable friends, living an almost perfect life in an idyllic place on the Australian coast. They share everything with each other, they are like sisters who stand together in good times, but also in difficult times. Even when Lil's husband dies in a car accident, Roz manages to catch her friend in her grief. But then comes a summer in which the close relationship between the women and their families is put to a hard test. Because Roz's husband Harold (Ben Mendelsohn) gets a tempting job offer from the university in Sidney, which he would like to accept too gladly, firmly assuming that Roz and their son Tom (James Frecheville) will accompany them. Although Roz tells him after a short period of reflection that she will not go to Sidney, Harold accepts the teaching assignment. For the women who stay behind by the sea with their sons, a very special summer now begins in which taboos are broken and new passions discovered - a summer that will change everything…

"Days on the Beach" is an adaptation of the story "The Grandmothers" by the recently deceased Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing. Oscar-winning Christopher Hampton adapted the original book, which director Anne Fontaine then translated into a very unusual love story at picturesque locations in Australia. The film is supported not only by the wonderful pictures that Christophe Beaucarne captured with his camera, but also by the two strong leading actresses Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. Because they do not only radiate a purely optical attractiveness. Her play also transports the longings of the two girlfriends to the screen in such a comprehensible way, that the story, which seems to be constructed in a bad way, gets a certain credibility, which also intensifies the emotional effect of the action.

When Roz and Lil's son Ian (Xavier Samuel) cross a line that could destroy this very special friendship between the two women, then you feel as a viewer with the protagonists, since Fontaine succeeds very well in establishing a bond between her characters and the audience in the first scenes. It's all very worn and at times a little bit pompous, but nevertheless also extremely thrillingly staged. But unfortunately, this impression can't hold over the almost two hours of runtime.

Fontaine increasingly gets lost in the beautiful pictures and in scenes that don't really drive the action forward. This is still well played and beautiful to look at, but unfortunately also a little trivial. The moral dilemma that the movie so carefully builds up in the first hour doesn't seem as exciting as it did at the beginning of the story, despite some dramatic moments. It's only thanks to the very authentic acting of the actors and the harmonious chemistry between them that "Days at the Beach" still works here, too. Nevertheless, it becomes more and more apparent that a more dense, not quite so carried production would have been advantageous for the effect of the story on the viewer.

Due at the end the film raises some really interesting and thrilling questions, the structure of which promises more than the production can keep at the end. Nonetheless, "Days at the Beach" is, despite the weaker second half, a nicely filmed drama with interesting female characters and a convincing cast, which in the end is also enough for a content "worth seeing"!

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