13 November 1999 | J. Steed
NOT UNSYMPATHETIC, TALKATIVE DRAMA
Based on a "Volksstück" (popular play) this to me seems to be a typical, sentimental "feel good" comic drama for Austrian audiences after WW2. Ingredients of the story as the missing soldier, his mother looking for a new meaning in life, the divorced parents of 7 year Peter from the title etc. and the action itself are clearly aimed at a positive look at the future and at restoration of order.
Not unsympathetic and retrospect interesting for its social implications, the film is also too sentimental and vèry, vèry talkative. The script is so-so; the building up to the final solution, though unavoidable within the genre, is not very well done: it just happens. The supporting cast is just okay, but Annie Rosar - in one of the few films in which she had a leading part - is very good. (5/10)