This is a 90-minute movie from 3.5 years ago starring Jella Haase and Sarah Horvath. While Horvath is enjoying a pretty solid career herself right now, Haase has turned into one of the biggest acting stars from her age group in recent years. "Kriegerin" and "Fack Ju Göhte were among the most famous German films in the last 5 years, also abroad, and she also scored quite some awards recognition. Nicolette Krebitz and Sandra Borgmann play in smaller roles and these two are fairly famous as well. This film's director and writer is Ziska (not related to Katja, I think) Riemann, a German comic artist. This is maybe also why she has not made another film in the last 4 years. She got help with the script from Luci van Org, also known as former pop music singer Lucilectric. She always made very female-focused songs back then, so this film is pretty much what you would expect from her.
All in all, it's a decent film with some positive wtf-moments, for example everything that has to do with the family of Haase's character. No surprise with such a family she is looking for appreciation and approval elsewhere. And turns into quite a Lolita on the way. When she wears that yellow dress early on, she really shines here, especially next to all the dark and black images and people in here. The other girl (Horvath) suffers from her father's suicide and her mother's promiscuity. I personally liked the first and last third of the film. The middle part was rather weak and I have to say the ending was also not exactly my cup of tea. Some more subtlety instead of a bloody mess may have worked too. But I guess this way fits Lucilectric better. She is known for going over the top and not in a positive way. And this ending also fits better for the title "Lollipop Monsters", I guess. Some of the many sex references were okay, but it was sometimes a bit too much for my taste, especially about Horvath's character where it did not really fit. In terms of drama, I liked the watching-sex-through-car-window repeated scenes that really hurt Horvath's character and the ones around her. This was the second time I watched this film and I enjoyed it more the first time. Still, it's not a bad film by any means and I recommend it all in all. However, finally I have to say the way all the males were written in here is pretty despicable and occasionally truly feminist in a negative manner. Even the only male who was not mean or a loser (Horvath's character's father) is written to kill himself in front of his daughter's school. The two were pretty close from what it seemed, so why would he do that to her. Really doesn't make any sense. And some of the songs were pretty bad, including the final choice. I'm not talking about the award-winning score here. OK.. enough ranting. Still a decent film as I said. recommended.
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