A new Netflix film has achieved a perfect score of 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The German film is a feature debut from writer-director Eva Trobisch and tells the story of a woman named Janne, played by Aenne Schwarz, a writer and editor fixing up a home with her boyfriend, Piet (Andreas Dohler).
Janne is offered an editorial position from an old friend, however she later meets her new boss’s brother in law, who rapes her.
The brave woman decides to conceal the incident and attempts to continue her way of life as usual but naturally the attack weighs heavily on her mind.
Alles Ist Gut (All Good) has just arrived on the streaming service after debuting at the Munich Film Festival in July 2018 but already the glowing reviews speak for themselves.
Alongside the 100 per cent Rotten Tomatoes score – which is enough of an achievement in itself – the film has been described as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘one of the best movies of the year’.
One of the best movies of the year, and one of the most indelible and confident debuts period, Eva Trobisch’s ALL GOOD (ALLES IST GUT) is now on Netflix. Watch because look, we love an ironic title, don’t we? pic.twitter.com/dcXN2JFdCa
— Jesse Knight (@Superfluously) June 6, 2019
It won best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Feature Film Debut at the 2019 German Film Critics Association Awards.
The drama has been praised for addressing with honesty what life is like after sexual assault. Although Janne does her best to put the attack behind her, her front crumbles when she is alone and with no distractions.
She frequently repeats the title phrase ‘alles ist gut’ to herself like a mantra, and creator Trobisch doesn’t pretend the situation is one which can have a neatly wrapped, happy ending. Progress is incremental and the film comes to an end acknowledging the main character could still collapse into her inner pain.
Not a drill: this brilliant film is getting a Netflix release on Friday. I know the place of Netflix in the industry is complicated and troublesome, but as long as they're giving this kind of work a platform, I can't see them as enemies of cinema. https://t.co/CxbTLH5eY1
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) April 28, 2019
The topic is no doubt a tough one but it is vital to address; Alles Ist Gut does so in a riveting and important way.
Boyd van Hoeij, film reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, described the movie as ‘a mature, fully realized film’, adding:
Trobisch is especially interested in appearances, so it is up to the audience to look beyond Janne’s surface behavior to figure out how she’s really doing.
Actress Schwarz… is fantastic here as a woman who wants to try so hard to pretend she’s fine, all the effort slowly starts to run her into the ground.
Alles Ist Gut is now streaming on Netflix.
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