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What doesn't kill us

What doesn't kill us

Deutschland 2018 - mit August Zirner, Johanna Ter Steege, Barbara Auer, Bjarne Mädel, Jenny Schily ...

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Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance
Regie:Sandra Nettelbeck
Kinostart:15.11.2018
Produktionsland:Deutschland 2018
Laufzeit:Ca. 129 Min
FSK:From 6 years
Webseite:www.wasunsnichtumbringt.de
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Psychotherapist Max (August Zirner) has managed to build up a well-functioning, familiar world for himself - even though his daughters, his ex-wife (Barbara Auer) and, recently, his melancholy dog don't exactly provide for a quiet everyday life. But it is his gambling patient Sophie (Johanna Ter Steege) who always gets him completely off his game. After all, he has to admit that exactly what happened to him should never happen to a good therapist: he fell in love with his patient. What's he supposed to do now? Follow his heart or his professional ethics? One is clear: In order to be able to help its patients correctly, it must bring its feeling chaos first of all even in order;

2001 August Zirner appeared as therapist already in Sandra Nettelbecks success film Bella Martha . Now the director has given this character her own film with "What doesn't kill us". No, that's not quite right, because Max is in the centre, but around him a multitude of smaller stories relaxes, making the whole thing more of an episodic ensemble drama with comedic moments. And as is so often the case with films that tell several stories at once, some work better than others. There is a small secondary strand, for example, where you still wonder after the film what use it had for the film.

This is how the individual storylines meander from beautiful and moving to shallow and irrelevant back and forth. In the end, this leads to the fact that despite the great actors and a captivating visual language, no really harmonious overall picture wants to emerge here. The film is never really bad, but it's also not always good. Sometimes he allows us as spectators to sympathize with the characters, to laugh or cry with them, only to leave us completely cold again.

"What doesn't kill us" is still worth seeing in spite of this clear weakness. Because if it works, it's really good. Then Sandra Nettelbeck with her great ensemble manages to hit the audience right in the heart or to make them laugh with sometimes quite absurd situation comedy. The renunciation of one or two storylines would perhaps have done the entire work good. But the well done aspects are strong enough in the end, so that lovers of German entertainment cinema of the somewhat more demanding yet easy kind won't regret buying a cinema ticket.

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