Axel Ranisch's follow-up to "Dicke Mädchen", "Ich fühl much Disco" is a charming hit.
Better-funded than last year’s Dicke Mädchen, Ranisch’s Ich fühl mich Disco demonstrates that with or without money, this director speaks from the heart. Young Florian doesn’t have it easy: he’s chubby, may be gay, and is obsessed with Schlager singer Christian Steiffen. When Flori’s mother falls into an irreversible coma, Flori and his father have to reconfigure their relationship. Ranisch delivers comedy with a punch, not by pathologizing Flori’s otherness but by focusing on that most difficult of human problems – communication.
Ich fühl mich Disco | Directed by Axel Ranisch, (Germany 2013), with Frithjof Gawenda, Heiko Pinkowski, Christina Große. Starts October 31
Originally published in issue #121, November 2013.