"Jugend ohne Gott - Ein Film über die Liebe" from the year 2017
( 114 minutes, German drama)
At the yearly assessment camp the best students compied for the opportunity to qualify for one of the rare seats at a renouned Rowald university. The students Zach and Nadesh are together in a team to complete different tasks that challenge both body and mind. Zach's secret diary causes to conflicts between to two and when the Antisocials steal from their camp, the situation escalates.
(The theoretical English title would be "Youth without God".)
I wanted to watch this movie because the trailer looked interesting and my teacher recommended the book to us, which I have yet to read. The film also seemed like a different kind of German movie.
The film starts good, but them gets slow and sometimes even a bit boring. This is partly because of the non-chronological story telling. At first this choice makes the movie unique, but quickly got annoying and thereby created a distance between the viewer and the characters.
the love story between Zach and Ewa has an very unrealistic development, in my opinion, and didn't feels real nor in very important for the plot.
Jannis Niewöhner is good as Zach. He portraits the emotions of the character well and feels therefore relatable. I also like Fahri Yardim as the teacher. His role isn't especially big, but nevertheless important.
I enjoy the world building in this movie. The concept that the society is strictly separated in elite and the others was a both interesting and disturbing idea.
All in all, I would recommend this movie to people who are interested in dystopian worlds and what such a society does to the people living in it.
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