Fairy tale films for Christmas on ARD and ZDF – The Times Hub


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AIn the beginning there is just a voice that comes out of the old cupboard. Someone is locked in, wants to get out, but cannot and begs for their freedom. It is then the girl Sophia (Sofie Eifertinger) who unintentionally fulfills this wish. At the noise she opens the cupboard, takes a closed glass vessel in her hand and drops it in shock when the host, the doctor Malick Roth (Ercan Durmaz), speaks to her. But the spirit Mercurius (Holger Daemgen) rises from the shards, about whom the village has been singing songs since he was locked in this glass by Roth and his sister twenty years ago – Mercurius, with his magic, was in control of the landlord Veith’s reign of terror (Matthias Redlhammer) made possible through the village.

And while the freed Mercurius sweeps over the houses with a sneering laugh, only to enslave the residents once more on behalf of his master, Sophia sets out into the forest where Veith lives. Accompanied by the budding herbalist Jakob (Pablo Grant), she wants to lock Mercurius back in a glass bottle.

The almost one-hour film “The Spirit in the Glass” is the only new one in the series “Six in one stroke” this year, at least 52nd in the overall count, but conspicuously alone among numerous repetitions. That’s not the only sign that the series, which had three or four premieres in previous years, is running out of steam. The relationship between the nominal model – the Grimm fairy tale of the same name – and the film is so vague that you would rub your eyes if you weren’t familiar with the process from earlier years: where in the fairy tale a wood chopper has his son, who has some schooling has enjoyed, takes it into the forest and first frees a genie, then brings it back with the well-known trick and finally becomes omnipotent through him, only trace elements are found in the fairy tale film – after all, the genie is called Mercurius here as there, but that was it already.

The zombies stammer “Master! Master!”

Instead of being adapted, there is free association, the educational path of the wood chopper’s son becomes Sophia’s medical study and the starting point for discussions about what helps better against Mercurius’ violence, Sophia’s science or Jacob’s natural magic, what Sophia, who was able to observe the work of the spirit at close range , putting senselessly skeptical words like “there is no magic” in the mouth and the like. But what should you do if you want to produce a fairy tale film on the one hand, which in the context of this series all too often means moving the decor into the foreground and not ignoring any museum village in Germany as a backdrop (here: Cloppenburg), while you at the same time does not want to appear yesterday and therefore brings the plot in line with questions and ideas that are closer to us than the storytellers of the time.

Attention, now comes Mercurius: Holger Daemgen as a ghost
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Image: Radio Bremen / Michael Ihle

This also applies to the humor: The funny batches are not missing in this film either, this time given by Oliver Petszokat and Citizen Lars Dietrich, which Mercurius turned into willless zombies, the ghost with angular movements and “Master! Master! ”- Follow stammering into the forest. In fact, there is still a lot of laughter right up to the end, mostly rascally after supposed victories over the good guys, but who, as you know, will have the upper hand in the end, which is why the whole thing is becoming more and more threadbare. As a viewer, however, you rub your eyes and ask yourself once again why you let those “six in one go” films be made whose willingness to get involved in fairy tales is rather low.


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