Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Auf der anderen Seite ist das Gras viel grüner (4 Stars)

"The grass is greener on the other side".

In 2009 Jessica Schwarz made a film called "The Door" in which she travelled back in time to 2004 to be reunited with her dead daughter. Rather than commit murder, as was expected of all time travellers, she decided to send her daughter into the future while remaining in the past with her ex-husband. Poor Jessica. She really messed things up.

Now it's 2016 and Jessica is given another chance to travel five years into the past. This time it's made possible by Kerstin Gier, the author of the Ruby Red Trilogy.

Jessica is happily married to Felix. He's a doctor that she met five years ago outside the hospital after having her appendix removed. She still loves him, but since his promotion to the hospital's senior consultant he hardly has any time for her. Then she meets Mathias, a handsome young artist, and she begins to wonder if it would be better to be with him. She's about to begin an affair when a road accident sends her back five years to the day when she met Felix. She's determined to do everything differently, so she carefully avoids meeting Felix. She hasn't reckoned with fate. An invisible force is trying to put her together with Felix, however much she pursues Mathias. This time she doesn't have a daughter to send into the future. There's no door she can walk through. She's stuck where she is.

All Jessica can do is wait. Maybe in a few years she'll be given another film and another chance to go back five years. Maybe she can travel back from 2014 to 2009, where she can film "The Door" again. With a bit of skillful manoeuvring she can skip from film to film, back to the early 20th Century. She can ride with the Ku Klux Klan in "Birth of a Nation". If she wants to get back any further she needs help from Georges Méliès.

"The grass is greener on the other side".

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