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Antikörper (2005)

Director:
Christian Alvart
COUNTRY
Germany
GENRE
Crime/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
127 minutes
Producer:
Theo Baltz
Boris Schönfelder
Screenwriter:
Christian Alvart


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Gabriel Engel André Hennicke
Michael Martens Wotan Wilke Möhring ½
Rosa Martens Ulrike Krumbiegel
Christan Martens Hauke Diekamp
Seiler Heinz Hoenig ½
Officer Schmitz Norman Reedus
Wosniak Konstantin Graudus

 

Review

Antikörper, Christian Alvarts debut film, is a strange hybrid between creativity and plagiarism, between harrowing realism and hyperbolic biblical references, and between astute sociological observations and insipid plot-driven turn-of-events. In short, Alvart demonstrates his talent, but ultimately fails in making the film he aims for. This is partly due to an excessive level of ambition and partly due to the fact that the script lacks maturity and perspective at a few key points. Alvart could be forgiven for his overt fascination for The Silence of the Lambs or Seven, his sensationalistic antagonist (outrageously played by André Hennicke), his plot's constructed character-dependencies, and even his largely forced allegories, but that would require his film to come off as more integral and the seems in the plot less noticeable. Antikörper is a worthy effort by a clearly talented filmmaker, but as a whole, it's simply too flawed.

 

Copyright © 27.8.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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