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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 111 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Past with life in the fast lane: After a car accident, the young portfolio manager Oliver (Tom Schilling) is tied to a wheelchair. But Oliver doesn't want to give up that easily. He wants to get back to work as soon as possible. If only the annoying rehab were over. When he learns that he is threatened with a lot of trouble and above all bankruptcy due to an illegal account in Switzerland, Oliver makes a decision: He sponsors a trip to Switzerland to ride a camel for the "Goldfisch-Gruppe", a weird group of disabled people. While caregiver Laura (Jella Hasse) with blind Magda (Birgit Minichmayr), autistic Rainman (Axel Stein) and Michi (Jan Henrik Stahlberg), as well as Franzi (Luisa Wöllisch), a self-confident girl with Down's syndrome, is on camels, Oliver together with caregiver Eddy (Kida Khodr Ramadan) wants to bring the money to safety. But this foolproof plan goes a long way wrong when Eddy decides to retire early with Oliver's money…
"The Goldfish" tries a difficult degree hike: a biting comedy about a group of people with disabilities who laugh with them rather than about them. That's a very thin line, on which director Alireza Golafshan at least partly masters convincingly. There are many moments when he tells the story with a pleasant bite. He deliberately refrains from touching the characters with velvet gloves or - even worse - pitying them. And this is exactly how he draws authentic, lovable figures, with whom one likes to spend time. Yes, you actually laugh with them and not about them.
That is equally the merit of the director and the actors. The script also contributes a big part to this, but at the same time it also contains some of the movie's most obvious weaknesses. Because as amusing and biting as some dialogues are, so flat are other gags. Moreover, several moments are very predictable, which reduces the entertainment value a little bit. It would have been desirable if there had been more courage for satirical malevolence and biting humour here.
Always: Good and adapted "The Goldfish" are fortunately only relatively rare. Altogether, Alireza Golafshan is an entertaining, turbulent comedy with some really good ideas and wonderful jokes, which are charmingly transported to the screen by the good ensemble. Not a big litter, but good entertainment, which can be recommended to lovers of German comedies. Worth seeing!
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