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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Hamburg in the 80s: Instead of getting bogged down in a boring office job as an insurance saleswoman, 25 year old Alexandra (Rosalie Thomass) prefers to venture into an absolute male domain and try her hand at being a taxi driver. The young woman can be divided up for the night shift of all nights, which not only gives her new boss Mergolan a shrug of the shoulders. But Alexandra is fascinated by the colourful figures who populate the otherwise quiet Hamburg at night. And when she drives through the almost empty streets in the dark, it's the perfect way for the loner to clear her head. But then one day Marc (Peter Dinklage) gets into her car. He is a rather unusual passenger not only because of his height of 1.35 metres. With his engaging manner he also manages to break through Alexandra's defensive stance and start an affair with her. The young taxi driver doesn't like the fact that she apparently slipped into a relationship with her colleague Dietrich (Stipe Erceg) completely unnoticed. Relationship chaos and urge for freedom - that just doesn't get along and has to end in a bang...
"Taxi" after the novel of the same name by Karen Duve is a mixture of atmospheric big city romance, quirky comedy and life-finding drama. Director Kerstin Ahlrichs has two big advantages: the first is the absolutely authentic 80s atmosphere, which is perfectly expressed in the set, music and narrative sound. The second plus point are the actors, above all an absolutely convincing Rosalie Thomass. With her performance, the Munich girl underlines an extreme versatility, which also pays off for the credible portrayal of various facets of Alexandra. Even "Game of Thrones"-star Peter Dinklage, who is a reliable bank for great acting cinema since his appearance in the tragicomedy "Station Agent", seems a little pale in some scenes beside Thomass.
There are also facets of the story that are really interesting. But all in all, the staging seems like the main character in many moments simply too cool and unapproachable to warm the audience for Alex's self-discovery trip. As atmospheric as the implementation of author Karin Duve's script is, as good as the actors act, the film lacks accessibility. Although some viewers and connoisseurs of the novel will certainly succeed in getting involved with the story. But due to the hypothermic melancholy that dominates the action, the film could also seem very bulky and maybe even insignificant to some other viewers.
That's unfortunate in that Alex, but also Marc are really interesting characters, who at least in the film version run the risk of appearing one-dimensional in a certain way due to the aforementioned aloofness. The spectators, however, who manage to get involved with the story and its characters, are taken on an atmospheric journey into the 80s, on which they are spoiled with great acting cinema and a pleasantly kitsch-free romance. Even though "Taxi" isn't everyone's cup of tea, the film can be recommended to lovers of German cinema fare, despite some weaknesses. Worth seeing!
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