And Along Come Tourists

Unresolved WWII guilt finds expression in earnest "And Along Come Tourists."

With:
With: Alexander Fehling, Ryszard Ronczewski, Barbara Wysocka.

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.

And Along Come Tourists

Germany

Production: A Bavaria Film Intl. presentation of a 23/5 Filmproduction production, in co-production with ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, in association with Pictorion Pictures. (International sales: Bavaria Film Intl., Geiselgasteig, Germany.) Produced by Britta Knoller, Hans-Christian Schmid. Directed, written by Robert Thalheim.

Crew: Camera (color), Yoliswa Gartig; editor, Stefan Kobe; music, Anton K. Feist, Uwe Bossenz; production designer, Michal Galinski, Rita-Maria Hallekamp. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 21, 2007. Original title: Am ende kommen touristien. German, Polish, English dialogue. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Alexander Fehling, Ryszard Ronczewski, Barbara Wysocka.

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