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Lenny (Elyas M`Barek)) enjoys his life to the fullest. Responsibility? A foreign word to him. Dad will pay. But when Lenny drives his car into his home pool after one of his countless party nights, his father (Uwe Preuss) is satisfied. The successful heart specialist gives his son an ultimatum: he only gets money again when he takes care of his patient David (Philip Noah Schwarz). The 15-year-old boy is heart sick from birth and could die at any time. First of all, that's just too much responsibility for Lenny. But the more time he spends with the boy, the more he grows attached to his heart and Lenny begins to realize that life is far too valuable to just waste it…
After the success of "My Blind Date with Life" director Marc Rothemund has once again adapted a true story with a lot of heart and humor for the cinema with "This Stupid Heart". Again, it is a story about friendship and dealing with an illness, culminating in a contagious "yes" to life. In this case, the whole thing is based on the bestseller of the same name, which the journalist and author Lars Amend wrote together with the heart sick Daniel Meyer. After Amend had learned of Daniel's fate, he visited him and became, so to speak, his personal wish fulfiller. A true story that offers everything that good cinema entertainment needs.
However, in order for it to follow the dramaturgical laws of cinema, the story was partially fictionalized. Lars Amed became Lenny, the irresponsible son of a doctor, and Daniel became David, the patient of Lenny's father. These changes may create some clichés, but the story as a whole also works very well in its fictionalized form. Marc Rothemund knows very well how to fill the very conventional set pieces of his production with a warmth and humanity that is quickly transferred to the audience. Yes, that might be manipulative, which is intensified by the not exactly subtle use of the soundtrack. But that's still a heartfelt way to go.
Elyas M`Barek fulfills exactly the expectations his fans may have of him at the beginning, but then also shows other facets in his game that save his character from the one-dimensionality. The chemistry between him and newcomer Philip Noah Schwarz is very harmonious, which not only leads to some very amusing, but also to some emotional highlights of the movie. Black plays a bit too turned up in some moments, which M`Barek can catch well though.
All in all "This stupid heart" offers good and moving cinema entertainment. Even though the class of similar works like "Ziemlich beste Freunde" isn't reached and some scenes are very thick, there is one thing for the nice story and the successful realization: Worth seeing!
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