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Soul Kitchen
7.3

Soul Kitchen

Rarely we can find a film which is not oversaturated with visual effects or with hidden symbols and which has a twisted surrealistic plot. In this short movie, Akin Fatih, could put in the lives of several ordinary people, with their aspirations, fears, and feelings. The viewer does not need to think over every scene and look for the hidden meaning – all morality lies on the surface, like in our real life.

The protagonist is Zinos, the owner of a small restaurant, or rather, the “Soul Kitchen” on the outskirts of Hamburg, where he prepares a simple cheap meal, which is liked by regular guests. They know a small menu which consists of several dishes by heart and does not want any changes and innovations. We cannot say that his business is flourishing, but the restaurant is kept afloat and brings a small income.

All the heroes of the film are ordinary people, with their own problems and hobbies. They quarrel, make peace, fall in love with each other and, no matter what, remain good friends. They are always sure that they can come to their native place called “Soul Kitchen”, where everything seems not so hopeless, to get together and feel – there is still hope.

In my mind, the film shows people who are ready to go to the end, change and adjust to any difficult life situations. This movie gave me a lot of positive emotions, inspired me and made me believe in good.

The characters in a movie disclosed with a twist of irony to show how they spoil and improve their lives. The film will be very easy to perceive, it is not overloaded with dramatic or comedic moments. A successful combination of good music and appetizing food significantly improves the mood from viewing. But it’s hard to watch it on an empty stomach because the presented dishes cause a strong desire to try them immediately. While I was watching this film, I realized that my soul was resting, blooming and relaxing. And I definitely enjoyed every moment of this wonderful movie.


My Blind Date with Life
9.5

My Blind Date with Life

“My Blind Date with Life” is a light and pleasant, soulful and life-affirming film, with a perfect soundtrack, a good sense of humor. This life story is about a hero who thanks to willpower and perseverance goes to his goal through obstacles, leaving behind a positive image and a lot of positive emotions.

The film is based on the autobiographical book of Salia Kahahuatta and is really inspired by a real simple guy from a small town who suddenly lost 95% of his sight due to illness by the end of the school. But that fact didn’t stop him not even for a second on his way to achieving his goal.

Here we have a beautiful and touching picture depicting the path of Salia from blindness to the first of his achievements: he completes training at one of the famous hotels in Munich.

Frankly speaking, in this movie, we can observe the opposite side of the life of a disabled person. A small choice of work (the hero is constantly told to forget about the dream, to accept his situation), distrust, difficulties, perfectly realizing that it is easier to forget about your big dream. And that’s why the film is worth seeing for romantics and pragmatists!

I think the movie is a bit difficult to watch because you are so sympathizing with what is happening on the screen that sometimes it becomes unbearable to stand it. But at the same time, you are felling happiness for the main hero.
If to say, in general, the film turned out to be dramatic, but at the same time dynamic, kind, funny, sweet, touching, and after watching, you still have more bright and positive emotions than negative ones.

A fascinating story, unforgettable heroes, an inexpressible atmosphere of warmth, friendship, sincerity, and love saturates the whole movie. After watching, you will definitely want to believe in the best and make your dreams come true!


Bye Bye Germany
7.3

Bye Bye Germany

This film tells us about the life of Jews in Germany in 1946, after the victory over fascism. Here you can see an ordinary peaceful life in post-war Germany. Finally, the regime is overthrown, and people can live freely. But, unfortunately, not everyone could survive the cruelty of tyrants and see the victory of their country.
Germany was almost completely destroyed, so the survivors began to rebuild their cities from the very beginning. Despite the hunger strike and poverty, hopelessness forces people to work tirelessly. David Berman and his six friends, the main characters of the movie, escaped the horrors of the Nazi regime and now dream of immigrating to America. But the dream of the hero is hindered by the US occupation authorities in the face of the lady Sarah Simon, who is very interested in why our hero was in a concentration camp, not in the usual one, but in the barracks for privileged prisoners. Sarah Simon starts suspecting David in close connection with the Nazis. Hard-working girl, who loves her work, begins to chase the guy. But even such a cold and stale lady cannot resist her heart and rising feelings.
There are plenty of interesting dialogues. In the dialogues, you can find a lot of humor, and at the same time, grief and tragedy. The film is not monotonous; viewers are given a lot of “food for the brain” throughout the film.
The subject and plot of the film are quite complicated. In fact, this film is a drama about a man who lost everything and who could survive in a concentration camp due to his ability to tell funny jokes and who is trying to find himself in a new world. In my opinion, the film is unique in its structure. This movie is really worth watching it to go deep into the tragedy, to reconsider our history, and just to look at it from the other point of view.


Casino Royale (1967)
7.3

Casino Royale (1967)

Casino royal is a 1967 spy parody starring Peter Sellers in the lead role. Yes, it’s not really German movie, but many scenes were shoot in Berlin. So let’s get to it ūüôā

The plot focuses on an aging James Bond who comes out of retirement, along with his estranged daughter to take on SMERSH. Both then travel to East Berlin after picking up clues, where they investigate and solve the mystery around the deaths of international spies.

The movie was written by 11 writers and had a total of 5 directors. Each directed his own part and worked independently. The Berlin scenes are exclusively directed by Ken Hughes. Out of all these scenes, the one with the war room in Berlin got extreme popularity by the fans and critics alike. Some of the amusing gags are credited to Peter Sellers himself. After a breakpoint and a load of humor clichés, the movie plot ceases to make sense.

A significant portion of the Casino Royale film (1967) involves playing casino poker in high stakes. This adrenaline rushing game is portrayed as risky, daring and costly in Berlin. The baccarat master Evelyn Tremble (James Bond under the pretense) is highly skilled in playing card games at casinos. The main casino, Casino Royale, on which the title of the movie is also made, is shown to be run by secret agents. In the climax, this casino gets destroyed from the explosion of an atomic pill, killing everyone inside. While Sir James and Co appear in heaven, Jimmy Bond descends to hell. Yeah, that’s not what I would expect from gambling in a luxury place) By the way, today there are a lot of trusted online websites where you can play whatever you want. For example, there is a Svenskkasinon casino list with wide range of ¬†different gambling operators. So you can relax and don’t be afraid of being exploded))

Casino Royale garnered more than $40 million and was considered a huge financial success. This has mainly to do with the tag ‚ÄúBond‚ÄĚ associated with it. Critical reception, however, was mostly negative. Most critics to date regard it as the worst ‚ÄúBond‚ÄĚ movie and a chaotic, baffling affair. Audiences too initially liked the movie, but later reviews were not of much help. Till date, Casino Royale holds a 29% score on Rotten tomatoes, with most users describing it as disorganized, clich√©d and an absurd disaster. The movie was a pitiful spoof which earned on clever marketing techniques and the ‚ÄúJames Bond‚ÄĚ brand name.

Mostly a one-time watch, Casino Royale is worth seeing only if you’re a big fan of James Bond, or like to watch dangerous casinos hosting card games. Or even if you like to watch late 1960s/early 1970s comedies which are so bad that they are good.


Look Who’s Back
9.5

Look Who’s Back

Berlin these days. In an abandoned wasteland¬†a¬†nightmare of the XX century – Hitler, a bloody dictator, who horrified Germany and then a half of humanity, an¬†immediate perpetrator¬†of¬† tens of millions of deaths,¬†returns to life. He has¬†no more power, no supporters, no shelter, no money, but he has an unique experience of¬†rising¬†from the bottom¬†to the top and¬†fervent belief in victory of National Socialism. The unprepared world mistakes the former dictator for the¬†brilliant actor,¬†his angry speech is blowing up the Internet… and Hitler is becoming a superstar¬†for the second time in his life.¬†How it would turn out nowadays?

“Look Who’s Back” shows us a case scenario, if Hitler appeared¬†out of nowhere in our¬†time. ¬†But don’t¬†think about it- for the film it doesn’t¬†make any sense. We see how Hitler gets acquainted¬†with the new technologies¬†and learns the new opportunities and the new world order. Here the most interesting begins.


A Friend of Mine
7

A Friend of Mine

Two completely different young people (Karl, who is a successful mathematician who has a prestigious job at the insurance office, but who has nothing in his¬†life, and Hans, who does not have a permanent job, who has no achievements, no money, but he is happy and enjoys every minute of his life). At the request of the boss, Karl¬†gets a job at the car rental company, and here gets to know another newcomer – Hans, who is very talkative. They begin to work together rather accidentally and become¬†real friends later. Karl slowly¬†begins to love his¬†life, he realizes that friendship doesn’t need cool Lamborghini or other material goods, and that completely different people can be friends, his weekdays were no longer so boring, and he also finds a girl, and he madly falls in love with her…


Sun Alley
7.5

Sun Alley

Michael (or ‘Micha’) is a 17-year-old boy, who lives with his friends near the¬†Berlin Wall, that separates the, city on the eastern side of the Sun Alley. The same street that starts in West and ends in East Berlin. There are “Stasi” agents and political slogans in the east,and ¬†bananas, dirty magazines, “Rolling Stones” CDs and nylon tights in the west. But Micha and his friends are not interested in fundamental differences between the “proletarian” East and “bourgeois” West. They just¬†care about rock music, drinking and girls. Especially Miriam – incomparable girl who can stop a¬†traffic making¬†her grand entrance. Micha is willing to do anything for¬†her. Love to unattainable Miriam, a dramatic change in the fate of his¬†best friend Mario and civil disturbances on the street make Micha to think about his¬†future…


Vicky the Viking
9

Vicky the Viking

Many years ago the Vikings,¬†strong and¬†fearless warriors, lived ¬†in Scandinavia.¬†Ordinarily, they had a lot of upper body strength and¬†possessed tremendous power. But¬†a boy¬†named Vicky lived¬†with his parents in a small Viking village and he wasn’t¬†like the other Vikings.¬†He was¬†shy and not so strong, sometimes he¬†hadn’t the courage to¬†do something courageous, which¬†was frustrating for his father. However, instead of¬†physical strength,¬†nature endowed this boy with¬†intelligence and agility.¬†It was through¬†such¬†qualities he was always helping¬†his father and¬†the other vikings¬†to¬†get out of almost hopeless situations.


Summer Storm
7

Summer Storm

Tobi and Achim were close friends¬†for many years. They, the leaders of the rowing team, have been winning¬†in sports competitions¬†many times, and now they are practicing in the rural camp. Seeing that¬†relations between Achim and¬†Sandra, who is training in girls’ team, become¬†more serious, Tobi¬†begins to understand that feelings¬†he has for Achim, are much deeper than he thought.¬†He feels¬†embarrassed and lost,¬†being rejected by his friend and team. Sandra’s friend Anke begins to¬†take an interest to Tobi, what makes him even more anxious.¬†When it turns out that the group of¬†so expected Berlin girls’ was¬†replaced by the another team, Tobi and his teammates are suddenly faced with their prejudices, fears, and, perhaps, the hidden longing. Tension is growing, Tobi, Achim and other are¬†moving towards an ever more severe confrontation,¬†as violent¬†and liberating as the summer storm, which is about to begin¬†at the lake.¬†Toby realizes that he has to admit, what he was afraid to say earlier.


Fack ju Göhte
7

Fack ju Göhte

Fortuneless¬†bank robber named Zeki M√ľller¬†gets out of prison¬†after thirteen months. He goes looking for¬†the plunder, that¬†was hidden at a construction site.¬†Together with his girlfriend they thought that here¬†peope are¬†just laying pipes. How the robber is¬†surprised, when he finds¬†new school gym of¬†the Goethe Gesamtschule¬†in the proper place!

To get to the loot, Zeki is seeking employment as the school janitor. But as a result of slight misunderstanding he works as a substitute teacher instead. He gets the most wildest and crazy class in the whole school Р10B. Using several unusual methods, the former robber suddenly finds a common language with the students. At the same in the night he is trying to get access to the hidden plunder and is falling in love with his coworker Lisi.