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Exit: criticism of the ARD film - hope for a German black mirror

A conversation with my mother, who died a few years ago: The new technology of digitization makes it possible. The prelude to a series of German science fiction films gives hope for exciting television.

Science Fiction • October 28, 2020 • 8:35 pm

Young entrepreneur Linus (Friedrich Mücke) speaks to his mother (Emanuela von Frankenberg) via video telephony. It's a typical conversation between adult children and their parents. When are you coming again? Are you bringing your girlfriend Yes, it should be ready at Christmas. Everyone comes together like they used to. The melancholy about life already lived resonates in this soulful dialogue, as does the joy and the feeling of togetherness in the family. The beautiful opening sequence of the science fiction television film "Exit" has a few slightly irritating moments, which soon give way to a big wow factor: Linus' mother died a few years ago, but the technology of his company "Infinitalk" does it possible that the dead continue to dwell among the people because their lives have previously been completely digitized.

In fact, the mother-son conversation was a technical demonstration among future business partners, because Linus and his partners, including his ex-fiancée Luca (Laura de Boer), are negotiating with the ice-cold major entrepreneur Linden Li (David Tse ) about selling their start-up.

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Li's company is the world's leading manufacturer of hologram technology. Fused with the capabilities of Infinitalk, the dead could soon live on forever, as lifelike 3D images with fully preserved personality and perfect comfort for the bereaved. Eternal life, just a stone's throw away.

While Linus' other business partners (Jan Krauter, Aram Tafreshian) long for the deal with Li, Luca feels scruples about the future vision that is in the room. Linus himself also wavers in his deliberations. The contract is due to be signed the next morning, but Luca has disappeared from her hotel room. It is said that she traveled back to Germany. When Linus encounters more and more inconsistencies behind the processes in the hotel, he wonders whether he has long been part of a simulation.

Congratulations to public television. Finally, no new crime series was launched. No, not even a romantic wanderlust-tête-à-tête, but a bunch of films that deal with our lives in the near future. The origin of it all is the short story collection "2029 - Tales of Tomorrow", which was published by Suhrkamp-Verlag about a year ago and in which renowned German authors developed future scenarios that are now gradually being developed in a joint project between SWR and NDR become films.

After "Exit", Maria Schrader's first directorial work for German television "Ich bin dein Mensch" will be shown as the second film in the 2021 series on Das Erste. Maren Eggert, who used to be Axel Milberg's partner in the "Tatort" in Kiel, plays a woman whose wishes for love are satisfied by an artificial person. A reprehensible scenario? The director Emmy winner ("Unorthodox") takes up this material in the form of a romantic comedy.

Meanwhile, there is little to laugh about in "Exit", a work by the two Grimme Prize winners Sebastian Marka (director) and Erol Yesilkaya (screenplay). The thriller-like 90-minute film by the two genre film lovers ("Tatort: ​​Meta") is a grim thought game with a very fine look, whose budget for a science fiction film was rather small - it was on the "Tatort" level - by no means to watch the film is. On the contrary: Marka and his cameraman Willy Dettmeyer ("Tatort: ​​The night is yours") find strong, creative images for life in a world that has clearly changed towards virtuality. Nevertheless, "Exit" lives less from its noble picture cover than from its strong story. Here and there you forgive her a few clichéd moments, which are mainly reflected in dialogues built like a thriller.

It will certainly be interesting to see which films will follow the "Near Future" offensive in the near future. Currently, it is said, the NDR is working on a third film adaptation of the Suhrkamp book "2029", which has a total of eleven stories. The possibility that the ARD series will become the German counterpart of the British-American anthology series "Black Mirror", which has garnered a lot of critic and fan praise on Netflix for years, cannot be ruled out - even if the budget options per episode are certainly significantly lower turn out to be the same as in the prestige project of the worldwide streaming service.

Source: teleschau - der mediendienst GmbH