GERMAN CINEMA 2013: Halt Auf Freier Strecke

stopped2012 German Film Awards – Winners, Best Direction, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Feature Film.
2012 Bavarian Film Awards – Winners, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Production.
2012 German Film Critics Association Awards – Winners, Best Actor, Best Film.
2012 Las Palmas Film Festival – Winner Best Actor.
2011 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Un Certain Regard Award.

Herr Frank Lange has an inoperable brain tumor. He knew now that he doesn’t have much time left to live. Months, maybe. Even after radiotherapy and chemotherapy. How would his wife Simone reacts? How should they tell the children? How would they react? How would his parents react? How would his friends, not that he has many, react?
And most importantly, how would he himself react? What would he do next? What should he do? He starts a spontaneous video diary on his iPhone. Goes to some psychotherapy. Composing a song on guitar. Having a not so fun family vacation (Could anybody ever manage to have some real fun while they’re dying?). Listening to some hypnotherapy audio CD. Doing some frustrating home improvement works. Watching some TV, even when it becomes disorienting after a while. Buying casket and surveying funeral services. Then, what else? What else should he do? What else could he do?
But the movie doesn’t cajole us to pity Frank, or his family. It invites us to see the situation as it is, even maybe loathe Frank a bit when he becomes very cranky and too demanding.

My Rating: 7/10

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