Unresolved WWII guilt finds expression and mixed blessings in earnest and average German meller “And Along Come Tourists.” Contempo yarn about a German youth who opts for a year of civil service at Auschwitz rather than a compulsory year in the army has an interesting premise but, despite some narrative ironies, never really bites. Pic could acquire Euro arthouse exposure, but this low-key effort would play better on television than the fest circuit.
At the time of his German national service, young Sven (Alexander Fehling) takes up a year’s engagement in Poland at a museum now situated at the notorious Nazi extermination camp. Chief among Sven’s duties is assisting a cantankerous, eightysomething Auschwitz survivor (Ryszard Ronczewski). Despite nationalistic tensions and post-Holocaust resentments that still run deep in the town, Sven begins a romance with local beauty Ania (Barbara Wysocka), but even love is not beyond the influence of the camp’s awful legacy. A coincidence-laden script fails to capitalize on powerful possibilities, and helming is strictly tubesville. Perfs are generally convincing, but confined by the limitations of helmer-scripter Robert Thalheim. Lensing has a bland look, but other credits are good quality.