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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 95 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Since the death of her mother, dark clouds have been streaming over the contemplative life of Agathe von Trapp (Eliza Bennett). For her siblings she takes over the mother role, while her father Georg von Trapp (Matthew Macfadyen) withdraws more and more in his pain. Only when he falls in love with the nanny Maria Gustl (Yvonne Catterfeld) and gets new hope for a happy future does he want to persuade Agathe to finally break out of her role as protector and follow her own dreams. Only slowly does she get involved and begin singing again, which she had given up after the death of her mother. Together with her family, she wants to convey the power of music to people. But then the fascism of the Hitler regime from Germany spreads to Austria and Georg has to make a drastic decision for his family, which will change their lives forever…
Director Ben Verbong directed a TV film about the story of Hans and Lotte Hass with Yvonne Catterfeld in the leading role some years ago. His latest film, in which Catterfeld also plays one of the central roles, has the same notch in every respect - both in terms of the dramaturgical structure and the style of the production. "Die Trapp Familie - Ein Leben für die Musik" is another film about the Trapp family after two successful home movies in the 1950s and the multiple Oscar winner "Meine Lieder - Meine Träume" (My Songs - My Dreams). The Trapp family was a singing group with an incredible success story in the USA at the end of the 1930s. Lots based on the memories of Agathe von Trapp, the oldest daughter of the family, the film tells the story of the family up to their escape from the Nazi regime to the USA. The whole thing is framed in the best "Titanic" manner by a subplot set in the present, in which the old Agathe tells her granddaughter from her youth.
This is all very routinely staged and neatly played. But this film has hardly any cinematic qualities. The dramaturgy is a single series of clichés and skilfully avoids going into depth in even one aspect. This doesn't only keep the characters superficial, but also their story. In addition, the whole thing also appears emotionally completely undercooled. Moments like the one in which Agathe sings again for the first time in years - and then even in front of her great idol - are actually predestined to give the viewer goose bumps. But in such moments the staging lacks the heart and the passion that such a story would actually need in order to touch the audience.
The visual language and the set are more reminiscent of a TV production than of a big movie. The majestic mountain landscapes of Austria in particular would have offered an opulent cinema panorama. But here, too, people tend to cook on a low flame. Both Matthew Macfadyen and Yvonne Catterfeld or Eliza Bennett are obviously trying to deliver powerful performances despite all these limitations. But unfortunately the script is much too weak and the staging too much according to scheme F, so that something really strong can unfold here.
Who only needs some kitsch and heartache, a little music and very old-fashioned drama to enjoy a nice movie night, could be entertained here quite well. But those who expect a gripping biography on a cinema level or who want to learn more about the success story of the Trapp family in the USA will be disappointed by this work. And that's why there's only one: Conditionally worth seeing!
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