Two kids from the projects kill without apparent reason in novice helmer-scripter Niels Laupert’s skilled but unprobing graduation feature, “Seven Days Sunday.” Based on a true story, pic falls back on the tired formula of repressed homoerotic desire to explain why a couple wastrels take a life, though the psychopathic nature of one and the impressionability of the other are more decisive factors. Nicely textured visuals hold interest when limited characterizations threaten to oversimplify the disturbing drama. Though offshore prospects are slim, Laupert shows signs of a future talent.
A Leipzig housing estate’s concrete wastes are the limiting playground for Adam (Ludwig Trepte) and Tommek (Martin Kiefer). Latter is the bad boy, too obviously signaled with shots of him sniffing glue and pissing on a church wall. Sara (Jil Funke) has the hots for Adam, but his innate shyness and palpable crush on Tommek prevent him from acting on her advances. Tensions come to a head after a drunken party, when Adam announces they should kill someone. Laupert tacks on unnecessary interviews with the real killers, but otherwise maintains an unsettling, detached eye, helped by Christoph Dammast’s saturated lensing.