Go For Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2005) (Germany)
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:11 pm
Director: Dani Levy
Cast: Henry Hbchen, Hannelore Elsner, Udo Samel, Golda Tencer, Steffen Groth
Since it will be screened in New York next week, I decide to post my review. However, I have watched the film some time ago, so forgive me for a terse writeup ... maybe "A" can recall more ... hee hee
In German Film Awards 2005 , it garnered many awards, incl. Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Film Score, and Best Screenplay.
The official website
It tells of two estranged brothers (of opposite personalities and beliefs) who are awkwardly reunited by their mother's death ... and they could only claim the inheritance if they reconcile and bury her in a true Jewish funeral ...
My thoughts ...
-- While I find the film "interesting", I have always found films with "racial" or "religious" jokes difficult to make
(i) because such films always tread on very dangerous line between what is "comical" and what is "offensive" ... what is deemed appropriate to someone may surpass the tolerance threshold of another ...
(ii) more importantly, a lot of "humor" and "context" is lost in translation ... much more so in this film ... probably Germans and Jews can relate more ...
-- The acting/expressions are often exaggerated and typical of stereotypes and caricatures ... hmmm, forgiveable if it sells itself as a comedy?!
-- Was it just an inheritance in the end? ... Without giving away the ending, I thought it was good and thought provoking ...
To be real honest, I think Germans and Jews can better appreciate the jokes and satire more than I can. Go watch and decide for yourself!