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|Regie:||Florian Mischa Böder|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 87 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Koralnik (Benno Fürmann) is mighty proud. He has passed the difficult training as a professional killer for a top secret EU program with flying colours. Now he can hardly wait to get his first assignment. But the long-awaited call just won't come. Koralnik waits a whole eight years, completely isolated from any social contacts and frustrated by doing nothing. One day, the attractive Rosa (Mavie Hörbiger) crashes into his boredom-laden life as she hits Koralnik's car. And before he knows it, it's the first time in years he's had a lady visitor to his apartment. A delightful, but also dangerous change. But the fact that Koralnik does not follow the rules he has followed since his education soon takes revenge. Rosa has his own plans with Koralnik and when he gets his first commission now, of all times, he and his dubious companion have to embark on a turbulent odyssey, which will not only decide on his future as a professional killer…
The joy of experimenting is not the rule in German cinema. Far too often, both dramas and comedies follow worn formulas. It's true that very good and entertaining movies are created again and again. But the big surprises don't come. In the recent past, however, some filmmakers and producers have shown the courage to also implement material that moves off the beaten track. And if such a work also makes its way into the cinemas, then it's generally a pleasant thing, even if the end result is not perfect.
"The loneliness of the killer before the shot" is the perfect example of unadapted, refreshing cinema from Germany. With very weird humour, a wonderfully absurd story and a great Benno Fürmann, director Florian Mischa Böder's new film repeatedly avoids common narrative patterns. The interplay between Fürmann and the wonderfully manipulative Mavie Hörbiger provides a lot of amusing moments, which are intensified by the almost Nordic laconic staging. Despite certain exaggerations, Böder manages the trick of not degrading the figure of Koralnik to a mere joke figure, but of turning him into a very interesting antihero.
The fact that the professional killer is portrayed here as a very human figure with quite normal weaknesses, longings and fears and not as a soulless fighting machine makes Koralnik much more accessible to the audience and one is really interested in his story. The fact that it is told in such an amusing way makes the whole thing all the more pleasant. Surely the film is not free of weaknesses. Some moments seem a little bit stressful and also one or the other length cannot be prevented completely. But as Florian Mischa Böder doesn't serve his audience anything too familiar, the whole thing still tastes really good in spite of smaller point deductions in the overall score.
Whoever wants to see how a professional killer has to suffer from a slack order and whoever wants to go on the probably most unusual road trip of the year should definitely give this surprising cinema comedy a chance. Worth seeing
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