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|Originaltitel:||The History of Love|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 135 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Leo (Mark Rendall) loves Alma (Gemma Arterton) and Alma loves Leo. I want it to stay that way for the rest of her life. He always wants to make her laugh and even dedicates a book to his "most beloved woman in the world": "The story of love". But the turmoil of the Second World War forces the couple to part. And not only this very special love, but also the manuscript of Leo's book seems to have been lost. Many years later it falls into the hands of a girl in New York who is also called Alma (Sophie Nélisse). And suddenly the fates of the girl and the aging Leos (Derek Jacobi), who also lives in New York, are inseparably connected…
Based on the bestseller by Nicole Krauss, "The Story of Love" tells a really nice story about love, family and home. Director Radu Mihaileanu ("The Concert") makes an effort to let the different time levels run harmoniously side by side and to bring them together at the end. Immersed in some really nice pictures and carried by a really good ensemble, this adaptation of a novel would have had what it takes to become a great cinema full of heart, passion and emotions. But unfortunately there is one thing that stands in the way: the extremely weak script.
This is filled with several lengths, with scenes that don't help to advance the story in any way. Also, it's only marginally possible to draw the characters in a way that makes you feel with them, feel their great love or their loss. This is also due to the fact that the dialogues are sometimes written very stiltedly. They look very artificial and hardly have anything authentic about them. At least in the original version, this is underlined by the dialects, which are not exactly credibly conveyed and through which all lyrics sound very memorized.
As the very large emotional effect is missed, the running time of over two hours is also far too long. It is a pity that Mihaileanu rarely succeeds in fully unfolding the beauty that underlies the story on the canvas. He should have spent more time making the love of Leo and Alma believable in its full size than showing old Leo as a not really sympathetic sourpuss. Because as a viewer you can only partly understand how much the two of them really loved each other once and it also doesn't matter a bit if the bitter old man finds his book again one day. Despite some very nice moments and despite good actors there is only one: Conditionally worth seeing!
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