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|Originaltitel:||Before I Fall|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Sam (Zoey Deutch) seems to have the perfect teen life: She and her clique are among the most popular girls at her school. She's got a cool boyfriend she's giving her virginity to tonight. Everything's perfect. That she takes part in making life difficult for outsiders - pffft, that is simply part of it. That doesn't make her a bad person. Or is it? Sam has to ask himself this question seriously one day when she dies in a car accident after a party - only to wake up alive the next morning. More precisely, the morning before, because Sam is suddenly doomed to relive the last day of her life again and again. And it soon becomes clear to her that her life was not as perfect as she thought…
The adaptation of the youth book "If you die, your whole life passes you by, they say" comes at a very inopportune time into the cinemas. Because with the topics, which are treated here, straight the much discussed and celebrated NETFLIX adaptation of the bestseller "dead girls do not lie" much more intensively, mercilessly, authentically and in each regard better dealt with itself. Ry Ruso-Young's teen drama simply can't withstand the direct comparison that is imposed upon it here. But even detached from a comparison the movie doesn't do very well.
The reason for this is to be found in the very clichéd character drawing. Of course, it is intended to portray Sam's girlfriends as the worst screeching bitch of the self-obsessed Selfie generation. As a result, however, none of the girls, including the rather reserved Sam, is really likeable. Your way to the purification is in a little over 90 minutes then also very superficially arranged. And this is exactly where the actual flaw of the film lies: superficiality is something with which topics like bullying and suicide shouldn't be dealt at all.
For young viewers between the ages of 12 and 15 these weaknesses won't be very significant, as the film has some very successful aspects to offer its target group. But if you don't let yourself be dazzled by the story, which is quite nice and stirring at its core, pretty actresses and actors and an atmospheric soundtrack, and start to question the story and its message and critically analyze the staging, then you won't really enjoy this drama much. That's why it's only enough for one: Worth seeing only with clear cutbacks!
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