The German Lesson 2019
Deutschstunde (original title)
2h 10min | Drama | 3 October 2019 (Germany)
Siggi Jepsen is in Germany after the war in an institution for difficult to educate young people. He is to write an essay on the subject “The pleasures of duty”, but has no idea. Only when he is locked in a cell the next day, the memories of his childhood during the Second World War break out of him: His father Jens Ole Jepsen, a police officer, was then commissioned to bring the friendly expressionist painter Ludwig Nansen a professional ban , At Nansen’s surveillance, Siggi was supposed to help him at the time, but eventually he rebelled against his father, sided with the recalcitrant Nansen and hid some of the forbidden pictures, eventually leading to his stay in the asylum.
I didn’t read the original novel, so the story was completely new to me. It is a wartime movie, with a village policeman (initially) forced to prohibit his friend from painting; common practice in Nazi Germany. But the story has many levels: it addresses the conflict of a father/son relationship (with the painter competing for that role) the battle between good and evil (how can any painting be bad for society?), how do we deal with populism in our own age, how can it be that hardened war criminals simply return and continue as before…? The backdrop of the German coast, with constant rain torturing the characters, complements a very intriguing story that forces the viewer to continue to watch.
Director: Christian Schwochow
Writers: Heide Schwochow (screenplay), Siegfried Lenz (novel)
Stars: Ulrich Noethen, Tobias Moretti, Levi Eisenblxc3xa4tter
Release Date: 3 October 2019 (Germany)
Also Known As: The German Lesson
Filming Locations: Germany