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Bourgeois on a platter

OUT NOW! WAS BLEIBT basically hands you the makings of a potentially great film but unfortunately just misses the mark.

What happens when bourgeois families congregate in arthouse films? Crisis! Such is the case in Was Bleibt, except with the customary fireworks replaced by passive aggression and bitter rancour. All the elements for a good film are there: a convincing script, strong performances – Harfouch and Eidinger as mother and elder son are particularly noteworthy – and solid direction and cinematography. And yet, though there’s nothing bad about it, there isn’t anything particularly good either, resulting in a well-executed but bland and ultimately redundant rehash of truisms as old as the bourgeoisie itself.

Was Bleibt | Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid (Germany 2012) with Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch. Starts September 6