With her debut feature film “Tore tanzt” from 2013, Katrin Gebbe was able to cause a stir primarily in the art house sector, because the disturbing martyrdom or redemption story in its mercilessness literally followed in the footsteps of Lars von Triers (“Dogville”). “Pelikanblut”, which started in German cinemas in 2020 and celebrates its free TV premiere on arte today, June 27, 2022 at 9:55 p.m., underlines once again what an exciting filmmaker Katrin Gebbe is.
The best thing about today’s TV broadcast is not only that “Pelikanblut” is shown completely uncut, but also without commercial breaks. So you can really lose yourself in the unusual mixture of “System Crasher” and occult horror. But if you don’t manage to watch the film on TV tonight, you also have the option of easily switching to the Blu-ray or DVD, which are currently even reduced on Amazon:
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In the official DashFUN review, “Pelikanblut” got a good 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Chief critic Christoph Petersen writes in his conclusion: “A provocative, challenging drama with a grandiose Nina Hoss that will split its audience into two camps – at the latest by the time it ends.”
The fact that “Pelican Blood” is often compared to the brilliant “System Crasher” is due to five-year-old Raya, who due to early childhood trauma can no longer feel empathy or love – and often only knows how to communicate about extreme freaks. Director Katrin Gebbe combines the family drama with a number of stylistic devices of genre cinema, which leads to that little girl “Sometimes it even seems like a possessed ghost horror kid or a (up-and-coming) killer from a slasher movie.”
Anyone who has seen “Tore tanzt”, in which a Jesus fan almost voluntarily allows himself to be tortured to death by an allotment family, knows that Katrin Gebbe has no scruples about showing extreme scenes. “Pelikanblut” is also above all an unpleasant visual experience that often leads the audience into moral dilemmaswhich are described in the criticism as follows:
“While ‘System Crasher’ is so heartbreaking precisely because you keep your fingers crossed for Benni (Helena Zengel) every second that she gets better, Gebbe literally tempts the cinema-goers to deny the little girl a bit of her humanity – a challenging provocation.” This finally leads to a finale that can be seen as courageous or irresponsible in equal measure. But one thing is certain: this film won’t leave you cold.
Wiebke (Nina Hoss) not only runs his own riding stables, where police horses are trained, among other things, so that they remain calm in extreme situations. With Nicolina (Adelia-Constance Ocleppo) she adopted an Eastern European girl – with success. Her new protégé, five-year-old Raya (Katerina Lipovska), doesn’t make it that easy for her…
The girl smears the bathroom with feces, impales dead animals and forces weaker children to play “doctor games”. And while even the neurologists believe that an improvement can only take place in a specialized facility, Wiebke simply does not want to give up. In the end, in her desperation, she even sees herself forced to resort to extreme methods…
Pelican Blood – For the Love of My Daughter Trailer DF
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