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Family Fever (Familien Fieber) - Film Review (2015 Audi Festival of German Films)

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Married close enough to 20 years, Maja and Uwe Roth are stuck in a rut. Routine and boredom has set in and the sparks have long flown. If not for their daughter Alina, they'd not have a lot to talk about. Maja has taken things into her own hands to alleviate this situation and has taken on a lover.

Meanwhile, things are the complete opposite for 17 year old Alina. She's happy and in love and wants to organise for her parents to meet her Nico's parents Birgit and Stefan.


Birgit and Stefan are in exactly the same situation as well. They're completely out of sync with each other and cannot find their way back. Just like Maja and Uwe, this visit from Nico's girlfriend's parents was thrust upon them.

Arriving at Nico's family's mansion, Uwe feels a bit intimidated but finds Stefan demeanour so down to earth, the men find much to like about each other. All the while, Maja is a bit dumbstruck when she meets Stefan as it turns out that Nico's father is her lover.


All these negative vibrations must have spilled over onto Alina and Nico, because when push comes to shove and things become all too real, Alina starts having second thoughts about her relationship with Nico. It seems we now have three couples with problems on their hands.


Everyone may have just scraped through the evening had Uwe's car not broken down. With no choice but to spend the night at Stefan and Birgit's mansion, everyone locks down for a very long night before all hell breaks loose.

This film by director Nico Sommer is 78 minutes long and rated age 15 plus. Starring Kathrin Waligura, Peter Trabner, Deborah Kaufmann and Jörg Witte, it examines if friendships and marriage can survive such a situation. It's a romp through a period of uncertainty; of true feelings and courage under fire. Of friendship complicated by situations and finally almost a conclusion, till a spanner is thrown in the works. It's going to be a long conversation.


I'm not entirely convinced this is an out and out comedy. It was however fun to be a fly on the wall watching the whole dilemma unfold. The realistic take on scenes depicting the mundane to give a sense of being in the rut are surprisingly believable even if it makes you cringe a little. I give this a 6.5 out of 10.

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Why? Audi Festival of German Films Australia wide
When: 13 to 31 May 2015
Phone: (03) 98648923
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