Starring: Eleni Haupt, Noe Ricklin, Elisa Pluss
Director: Stefan Haupt
Based upon the novel by Lukas Hartmann
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Drama | Germany (Finsteres Gluck)
St. Louis Film Festival Review
Synopsis: Late at night, the psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital to take care of Yves, an eight-year-old boy, who has lost his parents and siblings in a car accident. Eliane is both shocked and curiously drawn to the traumatized boy. As time goes by, she loses the professional distance to the patient, and when Yves’ relatives begin a heavy dispute about the boy’s future, Eliane makes an unorthodox decision, that throws her life off track.
Dark Fortune is truly dramatic, the storyline is wonderful written, and even better acted on screen. In several parts of the film, some rather creepiness is brought to the pictures, but still kept in the shadows for some reason. Perhaps it’s because it’s not the intention of the film to portray this type of feeling. The film follows a woman and her two older daughters as they figure out what happened to this young boy and help him through such a traumatic time. Along with the boys trauma, the two daughters have hidden feelings that are brought to light during this time.
I really enjoyed watching this movie, I liked the story and the actresses chosen in their roles. Each moment that something serious happened, I could feel the true feelings of these actresses. I enjoyed watching each character grow into themselves as the film progresses to the end and the realization that Yves has during the short time after his family’s death.
One thing I’ve noticed about the films I’ve watched so far for this film festival, almost all of them have something to do with an eclipse. At least some portion of the story or even backgrounds do and it’s quite interesting. I know that we had the most amazing solar eclipse over St. Louis in Aug 2017, but there must have been something else that happened this year? I’m just curious why this is a recurring aspect in many of the film plots.
Dark Fortune is a good movie that I would definitely suggest to watch. It’s has just the right amount of drama and a tad bit of creepy to keep you watching. I’ll give this film a “liked it” rating. (4/5).
The film is playing at Plaza Frontenac on Friday, Nov 9 at 12:20 and Saturday, Nov 10 at 2:25pm. You can grab your tickets HERE.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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