August 05, 2019 Update: English Subtitles Added
We Were Just Playing 2018
Wir haben nur gespielt (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | TV Movie 14 January 2019
Two boys from different worlds. Of all possible times, the start of summer vacation is when 10-year-old Jona has to move away from Berlin to the German-Czech border with his mother and new stepfather. He’s lonely and angry as he inspects his new surroundings. Across the border, he meets Miro, a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy. Jona is fascinated by the confident but taciturn boy, only slowly discovering the fate that’s hidden behind Miro’s grown-up façade.
It’s nice to see this side of german cinema – a movie that lives off it’s story of childish innocence. Taking place at the German / Czech border without being a period piece is refreshing and it’s nature shots take me right back to my own childhood in those forrests.
While it doesn’t need many words and thrives off the beautiful cinematography in combination with its slow guitar soundtrack, the movie loses its straightforwardness in the third act. The characters seem less realistic, minor plot details seem too convenient to fit into the movies overall rational scheme.
However I was thinking about this Film a few days after I watched it. Topics like rebellion, adventure and the loss of the innocence of a child in the context of the differences between two neighboring European countries are a mew and much needed change in German movies.
Director: Ann-Kristin Reyels
Writers: Katrin Milhahn, Antonia Rothe-Liermann
Stars: Finn-Henry Reyels, Roman Bakhavani, Silke Bodenbender
Release Date: 14 January 2019 (Germany)
Also Known As: Blutsbrüder