Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Film #28: Jesus liebt mich

Released: 2012
Directed by: Florian David Fitz
English translation of title: Jesus loves me

I was hoping to start the year with a great review, so I chose the film adaptation of a book by David Safier (published in English as Apocalyse Next Tuesday) that I had previously enjoyed reading in German. Unfortunately, the film was a bit of a let-down.

The film opens with Marie (Jessica Schwarz) fleeing from her own wedding. Before long, she finds herself falling for Jeshua (Florian David Fitz), a new arrival in the town who is staying with Gabriel, a local priest with a secret (the clue’s in the name). At the same time, a rather sinister individual by the name of Satan appears. As it turns out, Jeshua has come to prepare the world for the impending apocalypse … next Tuesday.

At first Marie views the unfolding events from a selfish and superficial perspective (when she realises who Jeshua is, she tries to become a better person by dressing conservatively and giving away all her money). However, she ultimately realises that she is not the centre of the world and that sometimes you have to give up what you want for the greater good.

There are a couple of good visual gags (as Marie tries to figure out who Jeshua is, a passing car illuminates the ceiling fittings above him to form a halo) but over all it left me a bit cold. Aspects of the book that I enjoyed (such as Marie’s relationship with her sister) have been left out completely and although the world is supposed to be coming to an end, there’s no real sense of peril.  

As far as I am aware, Jesus liebt mich is not currently available with English subtitles. It's a half-decent romantic comedy but not something I would seek out again.

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