Friday, June 5, 2015

"Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten" (2014)

One of the more enjoyable movies of 2014 is one that not many of my readers will have seen. …Or had the opportunity to see. It is a kid’s adventure story set in Berlin, based on a German book of the same name. And, it is in German, thus the slim chance that many will see it, as English audiences don’t watch movies in another language, much less kid’s films.

In English, when a kid is super smart we call them “gifted.” Germans call such kids “highly gifted.” Rico is a “lowly gifted” kid. In English you would call that “challenged” or “special.” He lives with his mom in Berlin during a time when the city is in a panic over a serial kidnapper. One day, he meets Oskar, who is “highly gifted.” They become friends, but the next day when Oskar is supposed to visit, he doesn’t show up. Then the news breaks: Oskar has been kidnapped! It is up to Rico to solve the mystery and save his friend.

It is a fun and quirky story, but it also has a lot to say about people with learning disabilities. I wish it would become available for English audiences. The book might be and it is a good read too. It is the first of (so far) a trilogy of books, and the second film is coming out here in Germany next week.



No comments:

Post a Comment

NonModernBlog written content is the copyrighted property of Jason Dietz. Header photos and photos in posts where indicated are the copyrighted property of Jason and Cheryl Dietz.
Promotional photos such as screenshots or posters and links to the trailers of reviewed content are the property of the companies that produced the original content and no copyright infringement is intended.
It is believed that the use of a limited number of such material for critical commentary and discussion qualifies as fair use under copyright law.

  © Blogger template Brownium by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP