Covering some of the same territory as Andreas Dresen's telepic "The Policewoman," but in a less grungy way, "Final Hope" is a well-made drama about a determined woman from Lower Saxony who gets a sharp dose of reality when she joins a big-city police force.

Covering some of the same territory as Andreas Dresen’s telepic “The Policewoman,” but in a less grungy way, “Final Hope” is a well-made drama about a determined woman from Lower Saxony who gets a sharp dose of reality when she joins a big-city police force. Though pic was made for TV, director Marc Rothemund (“Love Scenes From Planet Earth,” “Ants in Their Pants”) brings a feature film sensibility to the material, strengthened by good lead perfs.

Athletic, bushy-tailed Corinna Safranski (Anneke Kim Sarnau) is over the moon when she’s finally accepted into the Hamburg police, and she soon distinguishes herself — to the chagrin of some of her male colleagues. After rejecting a pass made by her lonely boss, Eddy (Axel Prahl), and going over his head when he gives her a hard time, she hits the brick wall of male camaraderie, with tragic results. Sarnau is very good as the straight-up, rather naive country girl and Prahl is excellent as her cynical, pragmatic boss. Among the strong supports, Wotan Wilke Moehring stands out as Jens, an initially hostile but later sympathetic colleague. Blowup from 16mm is fine.

Final Hope

Germany

Production

A TV60Film production. (International sales: TV60Film, Munich.) Produced by Sven Burgemeister. Directed by Marc Rothemund. Screenplay, Fred Breinersdorfer.

Crew

Camera (color), Martin Langer; editor, Hans Funck; art director, Isolde Rueter; costumes, Anette Schroeder. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (German Cinema), Feb. 14, 2002. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Anneke Kim Sarnau, Axel Prahl, Wotan Wilke Moehring, Barbara Philipp, Frank Sieckel, Irmelin Beringer, Angelika Thomas, Gernot Endemann, Siegfried Terpoorten.
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