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|Originaltitel:||The Place beyond the Pines|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 146 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a silent loner who goes from city to city with a spectacular show at a fair. He doesn't think about a fixed relationship any more than he doesn't think about settling down in a place. But when he learns that he has fathered a son a year ago at a one-night stand with the waitress Romina (Eva Mendes), he decides to completely change his life. The fact that he has no job and Romina has another husband is of little concern to him. He only wants the best for his son. The offer of the mechanic Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) comes just in time: he suggests Luke that he should use his talent as a motorcyclist to rob banks. The robberies, carried out at lightning speed, bring Luke and Robin a lot of money. But the stuntman becomes more and more audacious and careless. And so it comes as it must: a raid goes wrong and on the run the paths of Luke and the ambitious small town policeman Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) cross - a fateful encounter that will have a lasting impact on the lives of many people over the years&.hellip;
With "The Place beyond the Pines" director Derek Cianfrance has created a really gripping and moving drama, which is superior to its celebrated predecessor "Blue Valentine" in almost every respect. Both films have in common the intensive visual language, the excellent play of the actors and a staging that strives for closeness to reality. In "The Place beyond the Pines" this is achieved by Cianfrance shooting in Schenectady at many "real" locations with real people. Whether police officers, hospital staff, patients or visitors to a fair, all these are real residents of the small town who help to give the film the authenticity that the former documentary filmmaker Cianfrance wanted to achieve.
However, the difference between the two films is their effect and the way it is achieved. It's true that "The Place beyond the Pines" like "Blue Valentine" is also a rather intimate drama at its core, which is told a bit bulky and therefore won't be accessible to a wide audience. Nevertheless, the impression left by the story of family heritage, guilt and atonement is of an intensity that few films leave behind. This is not only achieved by the excellent play of Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper or Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle - What are you capable of?"). The drama is almost perfectly cast down to the smallest supporting role, which of course contributes a lot to the movie's success. What is decisive for its lasting effect, however, is the way in which Cianfrance tells its story. For this he uses a stylistic device that hasn't been implemented so radically and cleverly since "Psycho".
Whenever you get used to the story and its main character as a viewer, Cianfrance inserts a blatant break and changes the focus to a different character. While Alfred Hitchcock did this only once in "Psycho", there are two such changes of perspective in "The Place beyond the Pines", whereby one of them also goes along with a bigger jump in time. Thus the feeling arises that one gets to see three films in one, even if the stories are directly connected and can only unfold their full effect together.
How very personal decisions can have effects on other people, what we pass on to our children as an inheritance and how the next generation has to suffer from the consequences of the actions of their parents, all this is impressively illustrated here by means of an actually small story. With filigree narrative art, Cianfrance weaves elements from thriller and family drama into a gripping whole, which at times is hard on the mind and doesn't necessarily cheerfully release the viewer from the cinema after almost two and a half hours. Those who get involved will be rewarded with first-class arthouse cinema from America, which offers a very high level of visual, acting and dramaturgical quality. Absolutely worth seeing!
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