Drama “Over & Out” in the cinema: women on the brink of a nervous breakdown

In “Over & Out”, three old friends find their way to the alleged wedding of a fourth. But their already difficult journey turns into a nerve-wracking exploration of their relationships and a look back at their lives in general.

It’s been five years since Julia Becker, previously best known as an actress on several film and television productions, starred in “Maybe! Baby!” made her directorial debut. She also wrote the accompanying screenplay at the time and took on the role of main character Marie. For all this, Becker received accolades from both amateur film fans and professional critics.

The second work of this kind by the born Berliner was all the more eagerly anticipated. She is now coming to the cinema with “Over & Out”, because here too the screenplay is written by Becker, she directed it and has one of the lead roles. And she was also able to draw from the full cast and win Jessica Schwarz, Petra-Schmidt-Schaller and Nora Tschirner for her film.

Travel with a surprising twist

Housewife and mother Steffi (Becker), businesswoman Lea (Schwarz), rock singer Toni (Schmidt-Schaller) and drop-out Maja (Tschirner) grew up together in the 90s, have their first drunkenness, their first love, musical Guilty Pleasures and much more divided. Decades later, there isn’t much left of their previous similarities, save for a bit of nostalgia, and yet they never quite lost sight of each other.

When Maja invites her friends to her wedding in Italy, the other three have no choice but to embark on this journey, despite some inner resistance. After all, they had once vowed to get together for such an event. And so, in anticipation of a romantic wedding, Steffi, Lea and Toni head south, which takes a surprising turn.

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When you argue a lot, sometimes you need to rest.

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Instead of toasting the supposed bride to wedding cake and champagne, they are thrown into a situation that pushes them to their limits. The three women in their late thirties embark on a road trip through the Italian pampas that puts their relationships to the test and allows all three women to take stock and take an unadorned look at their current lives.

“Over & Out” is certainly not the first film to bring anyone involved in the road trip to the brink of a nervous breakdown. Julia Becker manages to create both funny dialogues and slapstick situations with humor and heart, but also gently pressing the tear gland again and again without getting too sentimental.

While the chemistry between the actresses is good, there is usually thick air between their characters. They are not all completely green anymore and one can always wonder why they are or want to be friends. But they really aren’t, and only this journey will lead them to a point where they can resuscitate their long-dead friendships that have not yet been officially buried.

More drama than a feel good movie

Author Julia Becker could be blamed for Steffi, Lea and Toni all struggling with very different and then similar issues, but in the end they are designed a bit like a silhouette. There is Steffi, a housewife and mother who is unhappy in her marriage and accepts a lot without making serious efforts to change. Ambitious Lea faces a huge setback at work, which she finds hard to admit. Actually, she’s not as tough as she pretends to be, and she also has a rather inglorious secret that she’s trying to protect. And rock musician Toni is celebrated by thousands of fans on the festival stage, but in love she has not received anything so far due to inner blockages. Of course you’ve seen and heard all this before.

Perhaps one problem less would have been more at one time or another. It might have been good for the characters and their credibility had they not been so strange and distant, as it’s not necessarily understandable that these three stick with their friendship despite all the events and secrets revealed at the end of the year. the journey. Still, it’s fun to follow the women through all the ups and downs of this journey, with Maja having fewer text and action scenes than the rest, which isn’t surprising given her situation. Anyone expecting a pure feel-good film will probably be disappointed. Life in your forties isn’t always as fun as it is in your twenties. It is often more drama than comedy.

“Over & Out” will hit German cinemas from August 31.

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